Not wearing a mask could land you in jail
FOR at least the next two weeks, not wearing a mask in public could earn you a fine or a six-month spell in jail, or both, according to the government’s Adjusted Level 4 lockdown restrictions announced on Sunday night by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa said: “We need to act now to contain the spread of the virus. Wearing a cloth mask or similar covering over the nose and mouth is mandatory when in public.”
Being outdoors between 9pm and 4am or breaking the curfew – unless you have just arrived on a flight or you are heading to the airport to catch a flight – were also an offence.
Regional airline Airlink said it would adjust the schedules of selected flights so customers could comply with the revised curfew. Chief executive Rodger Foster said: “The changes will affect selected Airlink flights that would usually land after 8pm. The schedule adjustments will enable customers to complete the arrival procedures and commute to their homes or accommodation by the 9pm curfew.”
A notice in the Government Gazette signed by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, under Adjusted Alert Level 4, said gatherings at auctions are banned.
Agri SA executive director Christo van der Rheede had sought clarity, saying: “The fact that agriculture was declared an essential service requires that livestock auctions continue.”
He said where possible, auctions will now have to be held virtually.