Below is a brief ouline of recent changes to Level 1 Regulations released by the Minister of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Travel 'red list' is removed

The easing of international travel rules to South Africa effectively means the "red list" of COVID-19 hotspot countries is done away with. Whereas only certain categories of travellers could travel to South Africa until now, the newly gazetted regulations have changed this position.

All those who wish to travel internationally are required to for a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before travelling and provide a valid certificate of a negative test. Failure to produce a provide a valid certificate will result in the traveller being required to quarantine at his or her own costs.

International air travel is currently restricted to the OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town International Airports.

All commercial seaports will be opened.

The Departments of Home Affairs and Transport will issue directions with further details.

Sale of liquor

Alcohol sales have returned to normal in that liquor stores may sell during lisenced trading hours as they did prior to lockdown. On-site consumption is still permitted, subject to the curfew announced in previous regulations, which remains midnight and continues until 04:00.

The above amendments are effective from 12 November 2020.

For a list of previous regulations, updates and links please visit Level 1 regulations and directions published by the Minister of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.