Cape Argus

Not wearing a mask could land you in jail

- MWANGI GITHAHU mwangi.githahu@inl.co.za

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.

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