COVID-19: NATIONAL LOCKDOWN NOTICE, BLOCK EXEMPTION & REGULATIONS

29 May 2020 | News

In his statement to the nation delivered on Monday, 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an escalation of measures to combat the global pandemic, COVID-19. The National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to enforce a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight Thursday, 26 March 2020, until midnight Thursday, 16 April 2020.

In compliance with the nation-wide lockdown it should be noted that ALL restaurants, cafes, bars, coffee shops will be required to comply with the nation-wide lockdown for 21 days.

Such service providers have NOT been included on the list of what has been deemed essential services during the lockdown, will NOT be permitted to operate, and will thus need to be closed for the duration.

In addition, in compliance with the nation-wide lockdown ALL food delivery services will also need to be suspended for 21 days with effect from midnight Thursday, 26 March 2020 until midnight Thursday, 16 April 2020.

For clarity and assistance please contact the Department of Tourism Call Centre on 0860 868 747 or email callcentre@tourism.gov.za

READ THE FULL NOTICE TO THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY FROM THE MINISTER OF TOURISM

The minister of Trade, Industry and Competition issued an exemption that allows retail property tenants to come to new agreements with their retail landlords to minimize the financial impact of the COVID-19 national disaster, without being at risk of breaching the Competition Act No. 89 of 1998. These agreements could relate to rental payment holidays, rental discounts and/or limitation on the eviction of tenants. The exemption is specifically applicable to restaurants, personal care services and clothing and home textile retailers.

READ THE FULL BLOCK EXEMPTION FOR RETAIL PROPERTY FROM THE MINISTER OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY AND COMPETITION

Stringent regulations stipulates a range of prohibited services and areas that will not be accessible during the lockdown period, as stipulated in the Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Directions made in terms of Section 27(2) by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

READ THE FULL GAZETTED DIRECTIONS AND LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS FROM THE MINISTER OF COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE AND INDUSTRY AND TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS