- Bheki Cele has made it clear - family visits are not allowed
- There was confusion earlier in the week when Jackson Mthembu said that family visits were allowed
- Cele referred to regulation 33 which states what is allowed under lockdown level 3
Earlier in the week, there was confusion over whether family visits were allowed under lockdown level 3.
Speaking during a media briefing, Jackson Mthembu explained that citizens would be allowed to visit family members in their neighbourhood, but would require a special permit to cross district lines and only for select circumstances.
"The way the regulations stand now is that we can visit our family in our neighbourhood. The only problem is when we must go beyond the province, district and the metro where we live for the purpose of visiting our families. Yes, we can still get permits to visit our families if whatever need has arisen for us to visit them."
Bheki Cele has made it very clear that no family visits are allowed, including social visits:
“I hope you will read regulation 33 very closely. All categories permitted appear there, and visiting your friends, your peers, your girlfriends, your boyfriends, does not appear in regulation 33.
“If you’re not going to [do] those categories that appear in the regulations ... you don’t [do them]. Social visits are absolutely not allowed under level 3. I hope that question is well answered.”
Regulation 33 states the following:
- Perform any service allowed under level 3;
- Travel to and from work;
- Buy permitted good and services;
- Move children, as allowed;
- Exercise between 6 am and 6 pm;
- Attend a place of worship; and
- Attend a school or learning institution, when these open.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Department of Basic Education has gazetted the updated academic calendar for SA schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Published on Friday, Minister Angie Motshekga had explained that the slow return of students would take place in phases, with the last group returning in August.
The minister made it clear that only schools that complied with health, safety and social distancing measures would be opening.
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