Level 1 laws

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Level 1 update: Three new laws introduced on Wednesday

We’ve had the cake, now it’s time for the proverbial icing: Three amendments to the Level 1 lockdown laws have been made on Wednesday.

Level 1 laws

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Yes, Level 1 of lockdown did come into effect on Monday: But Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has officially published three new amendments to the laws in the Government Gazette, which was updated on Wednesday 23 September.

What is still restricted during this phase of lockdown?

It’s almost been six months to the day since lockdown was first introduced to South Africa. This has, undoubtedly, been a traumatic half-year, but in the past few weeks, light has beamed from the end of the tunnel. Mzansi breezed from Level 3 to Level 1 within a month, and although caution must still be exercised, COVID-19 infections have dropped significantly.

We may now be in our lightest version of lockdown, but strict regulations remain in place. Masks and social distancing will be with us for a very long time, and crowds aren’t likely to return to stadiums during Level 1. Social gatherings and alcohol sales are still subject to limitations – while a four-hour nighttime curfew continues to be enforced.

The amendments added to the lockdown laws on Wednesday come into effect immediately. Here’s what you need to know:

Level 1 update – three new lockdown laws for South Africa:

The ‘50% rule’ officially becomes law

“Attendance at a venue for a wedding, exhibition, or any other function is limited to 50% of the capacity of the venue. These directions come into operation on the date of publication in the Government Gazette [Wednesday 23 September].”

Indoor and outdoor capacity limits set in stone for Level 1

“Any wedding, exhibition, or any other function can only operate with a maximum of 250 persons at an indoor venue and a maximum of 500 persons at an outdoor venue – provided that persons participating through electronic platforms are not included in these limitations and all safety measures are adhered to.”

Venues must operate with a ‘certificate of occupancy’

“The owner or operator of any restaurant, conferences, meetings, weddings, exhibitions or functions venue, a hotel, lodge, bed and breakfast, timeshare facility, resort, guest house, or a casino must display a ‘certificate of occupancy’ which sets out the maximum number of persons the facility may hold at Level 1. “