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BREAKING: National lockdown update
South Africa, it’s over: National disaster state has been lifted
Latest update: Tuesday, 5 April, 2022
State of disaster is lifted
Some restrictions to continue for 30 days
Masks still necessary indoors, but not outdoors
Licencing for cars and drivers have a bit of grace
Find out more news, Covid-19 stats and encouraging updates.
STATE OF DISASTER IS FINALLY OVER
On 4 April, 2022, President Cyril Ramaphosa lifted South Africa’s national state of disaster; it has been in place since March 2020. He said it had helped the government to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, and introduce measures such as the R350 social relief of distress and temporary employer/employee relief scheme.
SOME RESTRICTIONS REMAIN TILL END APRIL
Masks are no longer mandatory when walking outside or exercising, however, they are when in confined spaces, including malls, factories, shops, offices, and public transport. Limited numbers for gatherings still applies to both indoor and outdoor venues, which can carry 50% of their capacity, provided individuals provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within the last 72 hours. Where this is not possible, then the current limit applies: 1 000 people indoors and 2000 outdoors. 200 people may now attend funerals, however, night vigils and gatherings before and after funerals are still not permitted for April.
ALL RESTRICTIONS WILL BE DROPPED WITHIN A MONTH
While the state of disaster is over, the restrictions will remain in place until the end of April, until new regulations are gazetted in terms of the National Health Act. The public has until April 16 to comment on these.
EXPIRED LICENCES STILL HAVE SOME GRACE
Expired learners’ and drivers’ licences and car licence discs, vehicle registrations and professional driving permits still have some time – but renewal applications need to be finalised by 15 April. So get moving, if you haven’t already…
FOR FURTHER READING:
Here’s how South African’s will be able to travel in lockdown.
Now normal travel activities are back in sight, why not start planning a road trip?
HOW TO REGISTER TO VACCINATE:
You are allowed to present yourself at a vaccine sites without an appointment, however pre-registration will help speed up the process:
You will need internet access on a smartphone, tablet or computer.
You can apply to register online via vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za
You can use your South African ID number, passport number or refugee number.
- Once you have registered you will receive an SMS directing you to the nearest vaccination site to your place of residence.
President #Ramaphosa: Registration will soon be opened to those aged 50 & above. You can:— Presidency | South Africa ???????? (@PresidencyZA) June 27, 2021
•Register online https://t.co/0YtMI3ijVs
•Sending the word “register” via WhatsApp to 0600 123 456 or call the national toll-free centre on 0800 029 999#StaySafe pic.twitter.com/tf1HOPkiZj
DOWNLOAD THE CONTACT TRACING APP
There is an app available that uses no data to download and alert you if you have been exposed to the virus. Everyone with a smartphone can download the contact tracing app.