- The current national lockdown has left some separated parents unable to see their children
- However, the regulations have since been changed to allow those with shared custody to travel in order to collect their children
- Briefly.co.za explains how the restrictions have changed as well as how to obtain the required permits
New regulations concerning shared child custody have been released amid the current coronavirus lockdown.
While the government had previously been unclear over the situation, the new rules provide some much-needed clarity on the situation.
Numerous parents were left unable to see children living with their former partners, adding additional strain during this uncertain period.
Regulations gazetted on Tuesday have put this to an end, with separated or divorced parents allowed to move children between them during the lockdown.
However, a court order or a parenting plan, detailing responsibilities and agreements, needs to be in place.
The parent responsible for transporting the child or children will be required to present these documents, or a certified copy when travelling.
Parents are also required to ensure no person in the household has come into contact with a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus or is suspected of having the virus.
News24 reported previously that Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu had said children should remain with one parent during the lockdown, with travel restricted.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had indicated there is no clear answer as to when schools will be allowed to reopen.
Motshekga explained that this would ultimately depend on the government's plan concerning the lockdown.
The minister explained due to the high risk involved with children, it was simply unthinkable to allow students to return before the pandemic had been successfully dealt with.
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