7 New Lockdown Rules
Government has announced directives relating to industries that have opened in Level 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown. Here is an overview of the changes announced.
- Curfew Rules
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula published six separate directives, clarifying a number of key issues relating to public and private travel
The new directives state that South Africans will have a one hour grace period in the evenings.
- Intra-provincial, metropolitan areas and district public transport is permitted to operate between 5h00 – 20h00, with a grace period of one hour which to complete the journey and drop off at 21h00
- Intra-provincial, metropolitan areas and district private transport is permitted to operate between 5h00 – 20h00, with a grace period of one hour which to complete the journey and drop off at 21h00
- Licencing Rules
- Mbalula extended the grace period for South African motorists with expired documentation
- All learner, driving, motor vehicle licence disks, temporary permits and roadworthy certificates that expired during lockdown has been extended with 30 days from 4 May 2020
- Tax Collection Rules
- The South African Revenue Services (SARS) published a new directive which states that tax officials may return to work as part of the financial service sector.
- The directive confirms that tax practitioners and other providers that offer these services can operate as normal.
- SARS officials also indicated that they will be returning to the office on 5 May.
- Rules regarding IT Workers
- The regulations outline strict mitigation measures which will have to be followed before work is allowed to resume
- This includes cloth facemasks which are required for all workers.
- Perspex dividers, spacing requirements and strict cleaning regimes.
- Rules regarding the courts
- The directive restricts access to the courts to people who have a material interest in a case.
- The directives also allows for the postponement on criminal cases in certain circumstances
- Small claims court matters and civil matters not considered urgent ,will not be heard during level 4.
- Rules regarding artists and performers
- Performing arts institutions or playhouses may livestream without audiences
- Film and Television productions using local cast, living legends and crew are allowed under strict conditions
- Production and commercial entertainment, should add storylines in support of Covid-19 measures.
- Rules regarding televisions quotas
- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa published a new gazette which relaxes regulations for certain broadcasters.
- The biggest change is that SABC will not have to follow quotas around local content
- Broadcasters have also been exempted from some programming and requirements.
Source: Business Tech