The official Government Gazette has been published allowing Restaurants, Theatres, Casinos and Art Galleries to open, as long as they stick to these guidelines!
South Africa (26 June 2020) – The Level 3 “enhanced regulations have just been gazetted allowing Restaurants, Theatres, Casinos, Art Galleries Museums and Auction houses to legally open again after the government gazette was officially published late on Thursday evening.
The Gazette, published on Thursday 25th of June, outlines the fact that some entertainment facilities will be able to open again and goes into detail to ensure that these establishments follow the right safety protocols when welcoming clients back.
“The objectives of these protocols are to assist employers in establishing an environment that mitigates the spread of COVID-19, which if properly implemented and complied with, would assist with the sustainable of health and safety of the employees and customers in the personal care services industry.”
In the regulation, the Ministry said these services may be provided subject to the strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures, and following the directions to be issued by the responsible Minister, after consultation with the Minister of Health.
“The regulations are amended and gazetted after the declaration of the national state of disaster, published in Government Gazette No. 43096 of 15 March 2020, and extended by Government Notice No. R. 646 of 5 June 2020, hereby in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002,” said the Ministry.
The regulations were gazetted by the Minister after consultation with other Cabinet members.
The amendments expand the sectors that are permitted under level 3. Regulation 33 has been updated to allow movement for the purpose of the provision and procuring the services permitted in these regulations. The Ministry said the amendments are issued in line with the President’s message that the government is implementing the Risk-Adjusted Strategy model in order to balance the overriding objective of saving lives and protecting livelihoods. The Minister urges South Africans to continue to exercise caution and protect themselves and others from avoidable exposure to COVID-19 infection.
The categories of services that are deemed safe to resume operations are the following-
Exercise is now allowed from 6 am to 6 pm in groups of 4!
Restaurants may open again but no alcohol to be consumed on site.
Cinemas may open again but only to0 50 people or less.
Theatres may open again but only to 50 people or less, and up to 15 crew.
Personal care services allowed – hair salons, facial treatments, body massaging and tattooing!
Agricultural auctions allowed again, subject to further regulations.
Museums, libraies, galleries and archives are allowed to open again.