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New Level 3 changes: Dlamini-Zuma reveals THREE MORE restrictions

After the main show, we’ve got the encore. Dlamini-Zuma has identified three new Level 3 restrictions that did not feature in Ramaphosa’s ‘family meeting’.

Dlamini-Zuma Level 3

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has delivered the full set of restrictions for South Africa during this period of ‘Adjusted Level 3 lockdown’. On top of the directives issued by Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night, the COGTA Minister has gone into more detail earlier this afternoon – revealing three additional changes to our current regulations…

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma details lockdown changes – new restrictions for Level 3

Banks must provide sanitisers at ATMs

It is now a legal requirement for banks to provide hand sanitisation stations next to ATM machines. This comes after NDZ clearly stated that these facilities may act as ‘super-spreaders’, due to the large crowds they can attract in public spaces. Social distancing laws must also be enforced.

“There is a regulation for banks: It came to our attention that people queue at ATMs, but there is no sanitisation. The update now is that every financial institution with a cash machine must install hand sanitisers next to them. These ATMs could become super-spreaders. If one person has COVID-19, and uses the machine, others may also catch it.”

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The official new regulations for banks read as follows:

All banks as defined in the Banks Act. 1990 (Act No. 94 of 1990) and financial institutions as defined in the Financial Sector Regulation Act, 2017 (Act No. 9 of 2017). must:

  • Ensure that all automated teller machines (ATMs) of that bank or financial institution, if any in the case of a financial institution. that is not a bank, have hand sanitisers for use by the public at each automated teller machine, and…
  • “Take steps to ensure that persons queuing at the automated teller machine maintain a distance of one and a half metres each.”

Funeral services hit by two-hour time limit

Meanwhile, Dlamini-Zuma also added a new caveat to the official guidelines for funerals. According to the minister, no service can last more than two hours. This directive has been added to the banning of night vigils, after tears parties, and funeral gatherings that exceed 50 people…

“Attendance of a funeral is limited to a maximum of 50 persons, with persons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other. If the venue is too small to hold 50 persons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.”

“During a funeral, a person must wear a face mask and adhere to all health protocols and social distancing measures. In addition [to the existing rules], the duration of a funeral is restricted to a maximum of two hours.”

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Dlamini-Zuma ‘changes beach definitions’ for adjusted Level 3

Furthermore, the government has extended the definition of a beach, to include estuary mouths and ‘any location within 100 metres of a high-water mark’. That means beachfronts, some promenades, and a number of coastal paths are *technically* off-limits. Dlamini-Zuma explained the change in terminology earlier.

“A ‘beach’ means the sandy, pebbly or rocky shore between the high-water mark and low-water mark adjacent to the sea. or an estuary mouth – extending 1 000 meters inland from the mouth.”

“The definition also refers to any location within 100 metres of the high-water mark, including the sea and estuary themselves adjacent to the beach. Private property is excluded. An estuary is defined by section 1 of the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008.”

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