COVID-19: State of Disaster lifted but Regulations Remain

The President announced that the Covid-19 State of Disaster will be lifted as of 5 April 2022.

The effect of this is that all regulations promulgated under the Disaster Management Act fall away with immediate effect, with the exception of a number of transitional arrangements which will remain for a period of 30 days.

These transitional regulations are as follow: 

  • masks are still required to be worn indoors in any public venue including workplaces and public transport;
  • gatherings are permitted to a maximum of 50% of a venue’s capacity, provided that a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) are required for entry;
  • gatherings are permitted to a maximum of 1000 people indoors, or 2000 people outdoors where a vaccination certificate or PCR test is not a requirement for entry, or 50% of capacity for smaller venues in order to maintain social distancing of 1 meter;
  • travelers entering South Africa must produce a vaccination certificate or negative Covid-19 test, recognized by the World Health Organisation, not older than 72 hours; and
  • the Covid-19 Vaccine Injury No-Fault Compensation scheme remains applicable. 

These transitional arrangements will fall away after 30 days, at which point Government intends to incorporate them into the regulations under the National Health Act.

We will keep members abreast of developments.