What are the latest level 4 regulations?

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The latest regulations regarding level 4 lockdown has left many a little confused on what is allowed and what is not. Government updated the nation on May 1st 2020 to provide clarification.

Here is what you need to know:

Curfew Rules

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula published six separate directives on Monday (4 May), clarifying a number of key issues relating to public and private travel.

Two of the directives focused on the introduction of the new evening curfew and travel times.

As part of the country’s new level 4 lockdown, a new evening curfew prohibits all South Africans from leaving their homes between 20h00 – 05h00 unless they are an essential service worker or have to deal with an emergency.

However, the new directives state that South Africans will have a one hour ‘grace period’ in the evening as follows:

  • Intra-provincial, metropolitan areas and districts public transport is permitted to operate from 05h00 to 20h00 with a grace period of an hour within which to complete the journey and drop off at 21h00;
  • Intra-provincial, metropolitan areas and districts travel by private vehicle is permitted to operate from 05h00 to 20h00 with a grace period of an hour within which to complete the journey at 21h00;

In a separate directive, Mbalula further clarified that this curfew does not apply to South Africans making long-distance trips between provinces between 1 – 7 May.

Tax collection rules

On Monday, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) published a new directive which expressly states that tax officials may return to work as part of the financial services sector.

In simple terms, the directive confirms that tax practitioners and other providers that offer these services can operate as normal.

Companies still need certificates to operate

The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has confirmed that South African companies will still need to obtain a certificate to show that they are permitted to operate during the country’s new level 4 lockdown regulations.

Where the CIPC finds that certificates have been issued to companies which do not meet the definitions of an essential service, such certificate will be revoked, and the company will be referred to the South African Police Services, the DTI said.

False declaration by the company is a criminal offence and will result in prosecution, in terms of lockdown regulations