Ministry of Health Bulletins Limit Covid-19 Rules



Health Minister Dr. Joe Fahla has extended the public comment period on health regulations by three months until July 5.

According to the agency, this extension is in line with legal requirements and will provide the agency with sufficient time to study and consider all comments and submissions on the regulation.

Meanwhile in the office published in the newspaper limited implementation rules effective Thursday, May 05, 2022

These rules mainly concern the wearing of masks, gatherings and persons entering the country.

With regard to wearing a face mask, when entering and being inside a closed public place, a person must wear a face mask.

This does not apply to children at school. According to the published rules, no person can use any form of public transport without a mask.

meetings

A maximum of 50% of the venue’s capacity may be occupied for any indoor and outdoor gatherings, provided that each participant is vaccinated and presents a valid vaccination certificate.

Alternatively, attendees must present a valid negative Covid-19 test result no later than 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

If this indoor meeting requirement is not possible, then attendance shall be limited to 1,000 persons or 50% of the capacity, whichever is less, and attendance at an outdoor meeting shall be limited to 2,000 persons or 50% of the capacity, whichever is less. from what is less. less,” the department said.

Travel

All international travelers arriving at ports of entry in South Africa must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and present a valid vaccination certificate; or present a valid negative Covid-19 PCR test result no later than 72 hours before the date of departure.

“Alternatively, travelers have another option to obtain a valid negative Covid-19 antigen test result from a medical practitioner, registered public health authority, or accredited/approved laboratory received no earlier than 48 hours prior to departure date,” it says. in a departmental announcement.

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If an international traveler is unable to produce a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test older than 72 hours or a negative antigen test obtained at least 48 hours prior to departure, they must undergo antigen testing at the port of entry.

“If a person tests positive for Covid-19 in an antigen test, the traveler will still be allowed into the country, but if the traveler is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, they must self-isolate for ten days after entering the country. South Africa,” the agency said in a statement.

Under the rules, the vaccination or testing requirement does not apply to travelers under the age of 12 and daily passengers from neighboring countries.

“It is important to emphasize that the proposed amendments to the health regulations do not amend the National Health Act 2003, but rather complement some of the existing regulations.

“The Department would like to remind people that despite the current public comment process on health regulations, it is still necessary to provide options to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and other notifiable medical conditions without invoking a state of national disaster. .

“Therefore, members of the public are reminded that Covid-19 remains a life-threatening disease and the country is not yet out of the woods.”

Compiled by: Wahangwele Nemakonde