What are the rules related to gatherings under Alert Level 1?

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Published: December 23, 2020

What are the rules related to gatherings under Alert Level 1?

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 institutions, social events, or political events and traditional council meetings are 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.

Gatherings at conferences and meetings are 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.

Provided that people participating through electronic platforms are not included in these limitations.

Gatherings for concerts and live performances are 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 casinos are limited to 100 people if indoors, and if the venue is too small to hold 100 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 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.

Such gatherings are subject to strict adherence to health protocols and social distancing measures as set out in directions.

Gatherings at museums, galleries, libraries and archives are limited to 100 people if indoors, and if the venue is too small to hold 100 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.

Beaches

Gatherings at beaches are allowed subject to the following exceptions and conditions:

  • Beaches in the Eastern Cape province and Garden Route District will be closed to the public from 16 December 2020 until 3 January 2021;
  • Beaches in KwaZulu-Natal will be closed to the public on 16, 25, 26 and 31 December 2020 and 1,2, and 3 January 2021.
  • Beaches in the Northern Cape and the Western Cape provinces (excluding the Garden Route) will be open to the public
  • Festivals, live music, live performances and loud music at beaches are prohibited.
  • All beaches open to the public will only be open from 9am-6pm, will be monitored for compliance with health protocols, wearing of face masks and social distancing, and loud music.
  • Closure of beaches time restricitions do not apply to fishermen for fishing purposes, who are in possession of a permit or exemption granted in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act.
  • Non-compliance at a beach will result in the closure of that beach.

 

Parks

Access to national and provincial parks, and other parks where access control measures and entry limitations are already in place, will remain open to the public.

Gatherings at public parks are allowed, subject to the following exemptions and conditions:

  • public parks in the Eastern Cape province will be closed from 16 December 2020 until 3 January 2021;
  • public parks in the KwaZulu-Natal province will be closed to the public only on 16, 25, 26 and 31 December 2020 and 1, 2 and 3 January 2021;
  • public parks in the Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces will be open to the public; and
  • All beaches open to the public will only be open from 9am-6pm, will be monitored for compliance with health protocols, wearing of face masks and social distancing, and loud music.
  • Non-compliance at a park will result in the closure of that park.

 

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

  • 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.

 

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

Restaurants, bars, taverns, shebeens, and similar establishments

  • 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.
  • Strict adherence to the times of operation, 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, entertainment and bar 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.
  • Loud music, whether live or otherwise, is prohibited.

 

Gatherings at auctions

  • 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.
  • Subject to strict adherence to all health protocols, social distancing measures and directions.

 

Sport, arts and culture 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, arts and culture 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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