Thursday | 26 March | 2020
The final regulations that will regulation South Africa’s lockdown was announced a few hours ago. These regulations basically confirm that the lockdown will start at 00h00 on 26 March 2020 and end on 16 April at 00h00.
It is important to note that, among other things, Regulation 4 in Chapter 1 states that no patient, who shows clinical symptoms of Covid-19, who has been tested positive for Covid-19, is suspected that they have been infected with the said virus or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, may refuse to undergo medical tests, be placed in quarantine or some form of isolation or be admitted to a medical facility. If such a person refuses the above, the person will be placed in solitary confinement or quarantined for 45 hours, during which time a warrant will be issued against the person.
The next important section that must be noted is Regulation 11 chapter 2, which deals with the description on the movement of persons and good during said time. People’s movement will be limited to their dwellings and they will only be allowed to move around to perform essential services, obtain essential goods or services, receive their social grants or to receive essential medical help during emergencies and life-threatening circumstances. This Regulation further describes in more detail what qualifies as essential services and goods.
Regulation 11C prohibits almost all forms of public transport and provides that, in very exceptional cases, persons who need to provide essential services, who do not have other forms of transport, can use public transport under certain conditions. Regulation 11E determines that no person will be entitled to claim compensation for any losses or damages suffered as a result of the bona fide conduct of any officer during the enforcement or implementation of these regulations.
Accordingly, Regulation 11G provides that any person who contravenes the regulations will be guilty of an offense and may be fined and/or jailed for a period not exceeding six months.
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* All information was correct at the time of publication.