Sports, arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa has gazetted updated regulations around gatherings in South Africa.
The regulations, which take immediate effect under the country’s adjusted level 2 lockdown, details stricter rules for both indoor and outdoor gatherings.
It also includes earlier cut-off times for establishments, sports, and other events, in line with the country’s updated evening curfew.
Some of the key regulations are as follows:
- Gatherings at cinemas and theatres are limited to 50 persons or less for indoor venues, and 100 people or less for outdoor venues.
- Gatherings at museums, galleries and libraries are limited to 50 persons or less for indoor venues, and 100 people or less for outdoor venues.
- Gatherings for gyms and fitness centres are limited to 50 persons or less for indoor venues, and 100 people or less for outdoor venues.
- Social and political gatherings are permitted to 100 persons or less for indoor venues and 250 persons or less for outdoor venues.
- All of the above establishments must be closed by 22h00.
- If the above venues cannot accommodate social distancing of more than 1.5 metres between people, then no more than 50% of the capacity may be used.
The gazette includes additional responsibilities on the owners of the venues, including requirements around ventilation, the distribution of sanitisers and masks, and the providing of information to patrons.
There are also strict requirements around the cleaning of equipment, the providing of food and the maintaining of social distancing.
Over and above the above restrictions relating to capacity, the gazette also includes specific regulations around gyms and fitness centres.
- Members must maintain a distance of 1.5 metres in areas of the gym where there is low/medium intensity exercise, and at least two metres distance in areas of high-intensity exercise.
- Everyone entering a gym must wear a face mask at all times.
- If a person is undertaking vigorous activity, they do not have to wear a mask, provided they are at least two metres away from other patrons.
- Studio classes should be reduced to accommodate the two-metre rule.
- Markers should be placed on the floor indicating the 1.5 metre and two metre distance requirements.