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All need-to-know amendments to lockdown regulations for the next two weeks


Government today announced that the second phase of South Africa's national COVID-19 lockdown will be under rules only slightly altered from the initial hard lockdown. Business Insider reports co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said there would be "a few amendments", but mostly existing regulations will be extended. She said the coming weeks may see further relaxations, refusing to speak about specifics beyond "schools might be opening" and "industries may have to come slowly on stream", as part of an "orderly way of easing the lockdown".

All you need to note about new lockdown regulations in SA:

- Dlamini-Zuma said despite the arguments by fast food and other restaurants that they should be allowed to reopen, cooked food will still not be allowed during lockdown.

- The new rules emphasise that the transport of alcohol is not allowed and cigarette sales remain banned.

- Dlamini-Zuma said the new regulations will recognise the need that some essential workers may have cars that break down, so "those professionals" who would deal with cars can return to work. She said the same holds true if householders have a burst pipe or an electricity problem.

- Essential goods will now include the hardware, "components and supplies needed by tradespeople for emergency repairs at homes. The hardware and supplies needed by institutions deemed essential, such as hospitals, may also be sold. But there are strict rules in place that will allow for the prosecution of anyone who tries to buy non-essential hardware.

- Community watch groups will still not be allowed to patrol their neighbourhoods.

- Children may be able to move between divorced parents with a birth certificate that proves connection with their child, and won't need a court-approved co-parenting plan in order for children to move between them, as was previously required.

- Dlamini-Zuma said the rule that goods imported from high-risk COVID-19 countries must be sanitised in port is being revoked, based on evidence that the virus does not survive sea journeys. Some mines will be allowed to reopen, under strict conditions including private transport for mineworkers.

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