What are the rules for hotspot areas under Adjusted Alert Level 3?

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Published: January 13, 2021

What are the rules for hotspot areas under Adjusted Alert Level 3?

 

As of 3 December 2020, the national government has been implementing a system of designated hotspots, where slightly stricter rules apply due to higher infection rates.

On 29 December 2020, a large number of new areas were declared hotspots.  Click here for a list of designated hotspots.

Separate rules may apply for the following in hotspot areas:

  • movement of people (i.e. curfew and closing time)
  • funerals
  • gatherings
  • initiation practices
  • sale and dispensing of liquor

 

Movement of persons

At the moment, under Adjusted Alert Level 3, the same curfew and closing time for businesses apply in hotspot areas and non-hotspot areas.

There is a curfew from 9pm to 5am, during which time everybody needs to be at their place of residence. You are allowed to be outside of your residence during curfew if you have a permit to perform a permitted service (click here to download a permit template), or are attending to a security or medical emergency.

 

The following establishments, whether indoors or outdoors, need to close by 8pm:

  • Cinemas
  • Theatre
  • Casinos
  • Museums, galleries and archives
  • Gyms and fitness centres
  • Restaurants
  • Venues hosting auctions, and
  • Venues hosting professional sport.

 

Funerals

  • Attendance is limited to 50 people, adhering to health protocols, social distancing and wearing of face masks. If the venue is too small to hold 50 people observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.
  • Night vigils and after-funeral gatherings are not allowed.
  • Funerals are limited to two hours.

 

Gatherings

Everybody attending a gathering must

  • Wear a face mask,
  • Adhere to all health protocols and maintain a distance of one and half metres from each other,
  • Adhere to operating times as regulated (unless you have a permit to perform a service permitted under Alert Level 3),

Every owner or operator of any indoor or outdoor facility where gatherings are held must display the certificate of occupancy which sets out the maximum number of people allowed at the facility.

All social gatherings, including faith-based gatherings, are prohibited.

Gatherings at political events and traditional council meetings are prohibited.

Gatherings at workplaces are allowed for work purposes, subject to health protocols.

Gatherings at cinemas and theatres are limited to 50 people if indoors, and 100 people if outdoors. If the venue is too small for the allowed number of people observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.

Gatherings at casinos are limited to 50 people if indoors and 100 if outdoors, and if the venue is too small to hold the allowed number of people observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.

Gatherings at sports grounds and fields are prohibited.

Gatherings at museums, galleries, libraries and archives are limited to 50 people, and if the venue is too small to hold 50 people observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used. This is subject to strict adherence to regulated operating times and health protocols.

Beaches, dams, lakes and rivers, including all recreational facilities at these places, are closed to the public.  The closure of beaches does not apply to fishermen for fishing purposes, who are in the possession of a permit or exemption granted in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act.

Public swimming pools, including recreational facilities at the pools, are closed to the public.

Game parks, botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos and other parks where access control measures and entry limitations are already in place, will remain open to the public. These will be open between 9am and 6pm, except game parks, which will be open from 6am and 6pm, and will be monitored for compliance with health and safety protocols.

Gatherings at public parks are not permitted.

Gatherings at gyms and fitness centres are allowed, subject to a limitation of:

  • 50 people if indoors, and
  • 100 people if outdoors.
  • If the venue is too small to hold the allowed number people observing a distance of at least one and half metres from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.

Gatherings at the following places are allowed, subject to the limitations set out below –

Restaurants,

  • 50 people if indoors, and
  • 100 people if outdoors.
  • If the venue is too small to hold the allowed number people observing a distance of at least one and half metres from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.
  • Strict adherence to regulated operating times, health protocols and social distancing measures, as provided for in the directions.

Hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, timeshare facilities, resorts and guest houses are allowed full capacity of the available rooms for accommodation, with patrons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other when in common spaces.

Conferencing, dining and entertainment facilities

  • 50 people if indoors, and
  • 100 people if outdoors.
  • If the venue is too small to hold the allowed number of people observing a distance of at least one and half metres from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.

Every business premises, including but not limited to supermarkets, shops, grocery stores, produce markets and pharmacies, are subject to:

  • 50% of the floor space, which includes customers and employees, and
  • strict adherence to health protocols.

Gatherings at auctions

  • 50 people if indoors,
  • 100 people if outdoors.
  • If the venue is too small to hold the allowed number of people observing a distance of at least one and half metres from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.
  • Subject to strict adherence to all health protocols, social distancing measures and directions.

 

Sporting activities, including both professional and non-professional matches, by recognised sporting bodies are allowed, subject to strict adherence to the times of operation as provided for, and the following:

  • Directions for sports matches,
  • Only journalists, radio, television crew, security personnel, emergency medical services, and the necessary employees employed by the owners of the venue of the sport match, are allowed at the venue of the sport match;
  • Only the required number of players, match officials, support staff and medical crew required for the sport match, are allowed at the venue of the sport match;
  • No spectators are allowed at the venue of the sports match; and
  • International sport events involving countries with a low or medium COVID-19 infection and transmission rate are allowed.

 

An enforcement officer must, where a gathering in contravention of the regulations takes place

  • order the persons at the gathering to disperse immediately; and
  • if the persons refuse to disperse, take appropriate action, which may, subject to the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977), include the arrest and detention of any person at the gathering.

 

Sale and dispensing of liquor

  • The sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor is prohibited for on-site and off-site consumption.
  • The consumption of liquor in public places is prohibited.
  • The tasting and selling of liquor to the public by registered wineries, wine farms, and other similar establishments registered as micro manufacturers, is prohibited.
  • Liquor may only be transported for the following reasons:
    • transportation where alcohol is required for industries producing hand sanitisers, disinfectants, soap or alcohol for industrial use and household cleaning products;
    • transportation for export purposes;
    • transportation from manufacturing plants to storage facilities; and
    • transportation from any licenced premises for safe keeping.
  • No special or events liquor licences may be considered for approval.
  • Directions with additional details may be issued.

 

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