Covid regulations July 2020

Covid regulations July 2020

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Disaster Management Act: Regulations: Alert level 3 during Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

The following is an extraction from the orginal gazetted Alert Level 3 regulations (Gazette 43364 of 28 May 2020). Amendments as gazetted in Gazette 43476 of 25 June 2020 are indicated as follows – changes. Amendments as gazetted in Gazette 43521 of 12 July 2020 are indicated as follows – changes.

TABLE 2: ALERT LEVEL 3 UPDATES

All persons who are able to work from home must do so. However, persons will be permitted to perform any type of work outside the home, and to travel to and from work and for work purposes under Alert Level 3, subject to-
(a) strict compliance with health protocols and social distancing measures;
(b) the return to work being phased -in in order to put in place measures to make the workplace COVID -19 ready;
(c) the return to work being done in a manner that avoids and reduces the risk of infection; and
(d) the work not being listed under the specific economic exclusions in this Table 2.

SPECIFIC ECONOMIC EXCLUSIONS
1. Sale, dispensing or transportation of liquor except as provided for in regulation 44.
2. Sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products to members of the public and to persons including retailers who sell directly to the members of the public, except as provided for in regulation 45.
3. Hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, timeshare facilities and resorts and guest houses, for leisure purposes.
4. Short term home-sharing /letting /leasing /rental.
5. Domestic passenger air travel for leisure purposes.
6. Passenger ships for leisure purposes.
7. Sporting events, except as provided for in Chapter 4 of the Regulations.
8. Exclusions relating to public transport services as set out in the directions issued by the Cabinet member responsible for transport.
9. Exclusions relating to education services as set out in the directions issued by the Cabinet members responsible for education.

General measures to contain the spread of COVID-19

5. (1) The wearing of-
(a) a cloth face mask;
(b) a homemade item; or
(c) another appropriate item, that covers the nose and mouth, is mandatory for every person when in a public place.

(2) No person will be allowed to-
(a) use, operate, perform any service on any form of public transport;
(b) enter or be in a building, place or premises, including government buildings, places or premises, used by the public to obtain goods or services; or
(c) be in any public open space, if he or she is not wearing a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth.

(2A) The prohibition in subregulation (2)(c) shall not apply to a person who undertakes vigorous exercise in a public place, provided that the person maintains a distance of at least three metres from any other person, and subject to directions on what is considered to be vigorous, issued by the Cabinet member responsible for health.

(3) (a) An employer must provide every employee with a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, when in the workplace.
(b) An employer may not allow any employee to perform any duties or enter the employment premises if the employee is not wearing a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth while performing his or her duties.
(c) The principal of a school, or owner or manager of an early childhood development centre must take all reasonable steps to ensure the relevant authority supplies the school or early childhood development centre with sufficient cloth face masks, homemade items, or other appropriate items that covers the nose and mouth to provide to a learner of that school or early childhood development centre who does not have a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth.
(d) Directions on the use of a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, in early childhood development centres, shall be issued by the Cabinet member responsible for social development after consultation with the Cabinet members responsible for cooperative governance and traditional affairs and health.
(e) Should a learner arrive at school or early childhood development centre without a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth-
(i) the learner may be provided with an appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, if possible; or
(ii) if the school or early childhood development centre cannot provide such learner with an appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, such learner must be isolated and his or her parent, guardian or care-giver must be contacted to, without delay-

(4) Every business premises, including, but not limited to a supermarket,shop, grocery store, retail store, wholesale produce market or pharmacy shall
(a) determine their area of floor space in square metres;
(b) based on the information contemplated in paragraph (a), determine the number of customers and employees that may be inside the premises at any time with adequate space available;
(c) take steps to ensure that persons queuing inside or outside the premises are able to maintain a distance of one and a half metres from each other;
(d) provide hand sanitisers for use by the public and employees at the entrance to the premises; and
(e) assign, in writing, an employee or any other suitable person. as the compliance employee, who must ensure-
(i) compliance with the measures provided for in paragraphs (a) to (d); and
(ii) that all directions in respect of hygienic conditions and limitation of exposure to persons with COVID-19 are adhered to.

(5) All employers must adopt measures to promote physical distancing of employees, including-
(a) enabling employees to work from home or minimising the need for employees to be physically present at the workplace:
(b) the provision for adequate space;
(c) restrictions on face to face meetings:
(d) special measures for employees with known or disclosed health issues or comorbidities, with any condition which or may place such employees at a higher risk of complications or death if they are infected with COVID-19;
(e) special measures for employees above the age of 60 who are at a higher risk of complications or death if they are infected with COVID-19.

(aa) bring, for the learner, a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth to the school or early childhood development centre; or
(bb) arrange for safe transport for the learner back home.

(6) The requirements as set out in subregulation (4) applies with the necessary changes. to any other building that is not provided for by subregulation (4).

(7) All courier and delivery services shall provide for minimized personal contact during delivery.

Movement of persons

33. (1) A person may leave his or her place of residence to-
(a) perform any service, as permitted under Alert Level 3;
(b) travel to and from work;
(c) buy goods or obtain services, as permitted under Alert Level 3;
(d) move children, as allowed;
(e) exercise between the hours of 06h00 to 18h00: Provided that the exercise is not done in organised groups of more than four people and adheres to health protocols and social distancing measures;
(f) attend a place of worship in the same or another metropolitan area or district within the same province;
(g) attend a school or learning institution, once these are opened; and
(h) travel for leisure purposes as allowed under Alert