If your business operates within the agriculture, hunting, forestry and/or fishing sector, the following business activities are permitted, unless otherwise specified:
- All agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing, beekeeping, including preparation, cultivation, harvesting, storage, transport of live animals and auctions (subject to health directions) and related agricultural infrastructure and services (including research, inspection, certification and quality control).
- All fishing, operation of fish hatcheries and fish farms, on such conditions as may be issued in directions by the cabinet members responsible for the environment, forestry and fisheries.
- Harvesting and storage activities essential to prevent the wastage of primary agricultural, fishing and forestry goods.
- Export of all agricultural, agro-processed, fishing and forestry products (the transportation of liquor for export purposes is permitted)
The Alert Level 4 Regulations make provision for the following goods relating to Agriculture to be sold domestically:
- Food products, including non-alcoholic beverages and animal food
- Hot cooked food for home delivery
- Textiles and fabrics for use in winter clothing, children’s clothing, bedding, footwear, face masks and PPE
The Alert Level 4 Regulations also permits certain manufacturing, click here to see what the rules are for manufacturing.
Anybody in this sector that is able to work from home during Alert Level 4 should do so.
Anybody falling under the specific activities mentioned above can work outside the home and can travel to and from work under Alert Level 4.
This is subject to:
– Strict health protocols, and social distancing rules;
– Phased-in return to work to enable measures to make the workplace is COVID-ready
– Returning to work to be done in a manner that avoids and reduces risks of infection.
Anybody that is permitted to work outside their home under Level 4 must carry a Permit to Perform an Essential or Permitted Service (click here to download), issued by the head of the company or institution. This permit must always be accompanied by identification.
The Department of Small Business Development may issue further Directions related to small and micro enterprises, co-operatives, informal traders and spaza shops. (This question will be updated if such Directions are issued).
These details are set out in the Disaster Management Regulations issued on 29 April 2020, available here.