Sim­pli­fy­ing Covid-19 dis­as­ter man­age­ment rules and en­force­ment

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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.

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