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

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Published: February 28, 2021

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

Gatherings

Every person attending a gathering must:

  • Wear a face mask;
  • Adhere to all health protocols;
  • Maintain a distance of at least one and 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.

Gatherings at faith-based, religious, social, political and cultural gatherings are permitted but limited to –

  • 100 people in case of an indoor gathering, and
  • 250 people in case of an outdoor gathering
  • If the venue is too small to hold 100 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 workplaces are allowed for work purposes, subject to strict adherence to health protocols.

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

  • 100 people in case of an indoor gathering, and
  • 250 people in case of an outdoor gathering
  • If the venue is too small to hold 100 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

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

Sporting activities, including professional and non-professional matches, by recognised sporting bodies are allowed, subject to

  • Strict adherence to times of operation;
  • Directions for sports matches as issued;
  • Only journalists, radio, television crew, security personnel, emergency medical services, and the necessary employees at the venue;
  • Only the required number of players, match officials, support staff and medical crew required for the sport 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.

 

 

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