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COVID-19 Information (Updated March 28, 2020 | 19:15 SAST) | U.S. ...

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As of 05 April 2022, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has made further amendments to the Regulations under the Disaster Management Act. The amendments terminate the national state of disaster but in name only, as certain restrictions will remain in place for an indefinite period until finally repealed by the minister.

 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Termination of the national state of disaster

  • The minister announced that the national state of disaster has been ended with immediate effect subject to transitional provisions that require certain restrictions to remain in place.
  • The legal merits of this approach is questionable, but it de facto implies that the following restrictions remain in place until such time as they are repealed:

 

Masks

  • Masks remain compulsory for all persons over the age of 6 at any indoor public place, including public transport;
  • Masks are no longer compulsory in public outdoors provided social distancing of 1 meter is observed;
  • Social distancing of 1 meter is still required at retail stores;
  • No person is permitted on public transport or enter any public building without a face mask;
  • Schools are excluded from face masks;
  • No employer may allow an employee to perform duties or enter the workplace without a face mask.

 

Gatherings

  • All social, political, faith-based, sporting or other gatherings (including agricultural auctions) are permitted at 50% of the venue’s capacity, provided that:
    • Attendees provide a vaccination certificate; or
    • A negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old.
  • Social, political, faith-based, sporting or other gatherings are capped at 1 000 persons for indoor events or 2 000 for outdoor events where vaccination certificates or negative PCR tests are not presented;
  • The above expressly includes agricultural auctions. The implication is that auctions will be subject to the 1 000/2 000 capacity cap if no vaccination or PCR certificates are requested. Alternatively, up to 50% of a venue’s capacity will be permitted provided vaccination or negative PCR certificates are enforced.

 

Borders

  • There is no change to the 21 land borders that are currently open and the 32 land borders that were closed remain so; however,
  • The Minister of Home Affairs may issue directions relating to the opening or closing of additional border posts;
  • A vaccination certificate may now be used to re-enter the republic as an alternative to producing a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours;
  • International air travel remains restricted to;
    • OR Tambo International Airport;
    • King Shaka International Airport;
    • Cape Town International Airport;
    • Lanseria International Airport; and
    • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport;
  • Commercial seaports will remain open, including for cruise ships.

 

Health

Establishment of no-fault COVID-19 vaccination compensation scheme

  • A new scheme is established whereby any person who suffers a permanent or temporary, physical or mental impairment as a result of taking the Covid-19 vaccine can claim compensation;
  • The dependents of a person who passes on as a result of taking the vaccine is also able to claim;
  • The following conditions are applicable:
    • The vaccine must have been sourced from a public or private vaccination site designated by the Department of Health;
    • The vaccination must have been administered after the 17th of May 2021 and before the 5th of April 2022 for the scheme to apply;
    • Claims are capped at R150 000 for deaths; and
    • Calculated as a percentage of R150 000, depending on the percentage of impairment as adjudicated by the National Immunization Safety Expert Committee (NISEC);
  • The Directions set out the procedure to lodge a claim or an appeal against the NISEC’s decision and includes templates that must be used.

 

Basic Education

Full-time return of learners to schools

  • All learners must remain at school full-time;
  • Extra-curricular activities are permitted, including spectators and masks need not be worn outdoors but must be worn indoors and in locker rooms;
  • Symptom screening can take place for activities and those exhibiting symptoms must be refused access to school premises;
  • The limitations on gatherings apply to school activities;
  • Social-distancing measures must still be adhered to at schools

 

Conclusion

Although the national state of disaster has been lifted, the same restrictions remain in place with the addition that employers may not permit employees to work without a mask. The legality of this approach is highly questionable as the powers to enforce restrictions arise from the declaration of a national state of disaster.