South Africa – The national state of disaster has officially come into effect with the government publishing the gazetted regulations that will be enforced during this period – Mail&Guardian
Take note of the below for gatherings – sourced from regulations published above
“Prevention and prohibition of gatherings (gatherings means any assembly, concourse or procession of more than 100 persons,
wholly or partially in open air or in a building or premises;)
3. (1) In order to contain the spread of COVID-19, a gathering is prohibited.
(2) An enforcement officer must, where a gathering takes place—
(a) order the persons at the gathering to disperse immediately; and
(b) if they refuse to disperse, take appropriate action, which may, subject to the Criminal
Procedure Act, include arrest and detention.
(3) The assembly of more than 50 persons at premises where liquor is sold
and consumed is prohibited.”
“Offences and penalties
11. (1) For purposes of regulation 3, any person who—
(a) convenes a gathering;
(b) permits more than 50 persons at premises where liquor is sold and consumed; or
(c) hinders, interferes with, or obstructs an enforcement officer in the exercise of his or
her powers, or the performance of his or her duties in terms of these Regulations,
is guilty of an offence and, on conviction, liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not
exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
(2) A person is guilty of an offence if that person fails to comply with or
contravenes the provisions of regulations 6 and 9 of these Regulations.
(3) A person convicted of an offence mentioned in subregulation (2) liable on
conviction to a fine or to imprisonment not exceeding six months or to both a fine and
(4) Any person who intentionally misrepresents that he, she or any other person
is infected with COVID-19 is guilty of an offence and on conviction liable to a fine or to
imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
(5) Any person who publishes any statement, through any medium, including
social media, with the intention to deceive any other person about—
(b) COVID-19 infection status of any person; or
(c) any measure taken by the Government to address COVID-19,
commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a period not
exceeding six months, or both such fine and imprisonment.
(6) Any person who intentionally exposes another person to COVID-19 may be
prosecuted for an offence, including assault, attempted murder or murder.”
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