South Africa is entering a new era in its fight against COVID-19 – and the Cabinet has decided to take a positive step forward. From today onwards, a new set of rules for self-isolation come into force.
Schools have been instructed to resume a full teaching schedule, and the one-metre social distancing rule has been dropped in the classroom. On top of that, the government also decided on Monday evening to reduce the time COVID-positive citizens must spend in self-isolation – going down from 10 days to 7 days.
Meanwhile, asymptomatic people will no longer be required to stay home when they’re showing no signs of illness – regardless of their testing status. That’s because Mzansi’s wall of COVID-19 immunity has grown immensely during the fourth wave, after Omicron barely laid a glove on our healthcare systems.
The rationale for these amendments is informed by the proportion of people with immunity to COVID-19 which has risen substantially, exceeding 60-80% in several sero-surveys.— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) January 31, 2022
We’ve broke the new self-isolation guidance into four parts. This is crucial information for all of us, and although many will still be required to quarantine, it’s fair to say these updated rules are substantially more relaxed: