Simplifying Covid-19 disaster management rules and enforcement
THE Ministries of Police and Tourism, after the gazetting of the Covid-19 Disaster Management Regulations, identified and acknowledged the need to simplify the interpretation and implementation of the regulations.
On Saturday, Police Minister Bheki Cele, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, and Gauteng MEC for community safety Faith Mazibuko met with the management of the SAPS, senior management of tourism, and Gauteng chiefs of metro police.
The engagement simplified the interpretation of the regulations as follows:
◆ No more than 100 people will be allowed to gather at any point in time. Failure to adhere to this restriction can see police order the dispersal of the gathering or take action against the organiser/host/manager, which could result in a fine, arrest or both.
◆ The sale of liquor is only permitted between 9am and 6pm on weekdays and Saturdays. On Sundays and public holidays, the hours are 9am to 1pm.
◆ Establishments with licences to sell liquor must stop selling liquor as per the time restrictions, but can operate beyond those hours to sell and/or serve food. People on the premises must be 50 or less, including the staff. If the restrictions are contravened, the SAPS and law enforcement could charge the owner/manager with a criminal offence in terms of the regulations.