Amended COVID-19 disaster management regulations gazetted

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The COVID-19 disaster management regulations for adjusted lockdown level three have been amended to reflect measures announced in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s latest address to the nation.

Among other things, the revised regulations confirm that the hours of curfew now end at 05:00 (nevertheless continuing to begin at 21:00 the previous day). They also list the circumstances in which land ports closed for ‘general entry and departure’ until 15 February may allow cross-border movement.

Once again, the regulations expressly prohibit faith-based and all other social gatherings, along with gatherings at political events, traditional council meetings, sports grounds and sports fields.


Numerous new COVID-19 disaster management regulations were gazetted during the festive season with the aim of controlling the spread of the virus, culminating in the move to “adjusted” lockdown level three on 29 December 2020. According to a report on the Legalbrief Policy Watch site, the new disaster management regulations were amended within hours of being published, while three provisions prohibiting certain gatherings could soon come up for review.

Changes were also made to three ministerial directives – among other things affecting the measures and protocols to be observed by visitors to South Africa and the validity period of certain road transport service operating licences. More detail on the requirements to be met at sports, arts and culture venues and facilities under lockdown level three were eventually gazetted on 5 January.


Full report on the Legalbrief Policy Watch site (subscription needed)


Amended regulations


Full report on the Legalbrief Policy Watch site (subscription needed)



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