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South Africa Relaxes Mask Mandate

South Africa Relaxes Mask Mandate

South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Tuesday, announced the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions but did not bring to an end the State of Disaster.

In a televised address on Tuesday night, Ramaphosa confirmed that the State of Disaster would end after public input for the amended National Health Act had been received. The deadline for submissions is 16 April 2022.

New COVID-19 rules will be covered under the National Health Act when the State of Disaster ends.

Here are the COVID-19 restrictions that will remain in place with effect from Wednesday, 23 March 2022.

Mask-wearing: Although no one will be asked to wear a face-covering outdoors, they are still needed in public indoor settings – such as shops, malls, offices, or onboard public transport.

Social distancing: In some indoor settings and mass gatherings, physical distancing will remain – but it has been reduced from 1.5 metres to 1 metre.

Funeral measures: Maximum limits of 200 people in attendance, night-vigils/after-tears also banned.

Gatherings and stadium/arena limits: Big venues will only be allowed to operate at 50% capacity. People will have to provide a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination. A maximum of 2 000 people will be allowed to gather at places that have no facilities to check these factors.

Vaccination requirements: Venues for mass gatherings and selected indoor spaces will be given the power to only allow vaccinated citizens in. PCR tests for travel will also be dropped for the vaccinated – but not for the unvaccinated.

More: The South African

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