What are the rules related to gatherings under Adjusted Alert Level 3?

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Published: January 13, 2021

What are the rules related to gatherings under Adjusted Alert Level 3?

 

Note that rules relating to gatherings may differ in hotspot and non-hotspot areas. Some rules may be slightly stricter in hotspot areas.

At the moment, under Adjusted Alert Level 3, most of the rules relating to gatherings are the same, with the exception that beaches, dams, lakes and rivers, including all recreational facilities at these places, are closed to the public in hotspot areas.

The rules set out below relate to gatherings in general. For specific rules related to hotspot areas, please click here.

Gatherings

Every person attending a gathering must:

  • Wear a face mask;
  • Adhere to all health protocols;
  • Maintain a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other; and
  • Adhere to other health protocols and social distancing measures as provided for in directions.

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.

 

The following gatherings are prohibited:

  • All social gatherings, including faith-based gatherings
  • Gatherings at political events and traditional council meetings
  • Gatherings at sports grounds and fields

 

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 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 in all hotspot areas.

Beaches that are open to the public (i.e. in the Northern Cape), will be open from 6am to 7pm, and will be monitored for compliance with health protocols and social distancing measures.

  • The closure of the beaches and restrictions on times of operation do not apply to fishermen for fishing purposes, who have 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 for game parks, which will be open between 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 and safety 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 nonprofessional 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 sports match, are allowed at the venue of the sports match;
  • Only the required number of players, match officials, support staff and medical crew required for the sports match, are allowed at the venue of the sports match;
  • No spectators are allowed at the venue of the sports match; and
  • International sports 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.

 

Click here to access the latest Disaster Management regulations and directions.

 

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