Health minister scraps the wearing of masks in the Government Gazette

VAAL TRIANGLE - According to the latest Government Gazette, South Africans are no longer required to wear face masks, while limits on gatherings and border checks, including for Covid-19 vaccination status, have also been dropped. Health minister Joe Phaahla published the latest amendments in the Government Gazette yesterday evening. Regulation 16A refers to "wearing of face masks to contain the spread of COVID-19". Up until Wednesday, people were required to use a face mask in any public indoor space or when using public transport. Regulation 16B refers to the "regulation of gatherings to contain the spread of COVID-19". In a letter to MECs, Phaahla said current epidemiological analysis points toward lower infection rates, and the country has exited the recent fifth wave, which the current limited regulations were promulgated to mitigate. The minister is expected to brief the country today.

PHOTOS: (Supplied; SA Government Gazette)

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