Essential services during nationwide lockdown – Strict regulations in place

ESSENTIAL services workers who will be allowed to report for work during the 21-day nationwide lockdown will do so under strict regulations.

Yesterday police emphasised that all people classified as essential workers would have to adhere to the regulations gazetted by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Wednesday.

Each worker will be expected to carry a permit which they will have to present to law enforcement agencies during the execution of the lockdown.

According to the permit, under Regulation 118(3), “the person to whom this permit is issued must at all times present a form of identification to be presented together with this permit. If no identification is presented, the person to whom the permit is issued will have to return to his or her place of residence during the lockdown”.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula also announced that minibus taxis, metered taxis and e-hailing services would be limited to the public during the lockdown.

He said only staff rendering essential services and those out for essential purposes, such as buying groceries or going to work, would be allowed to leave home.

Taxis will only be allowed to transport people for these essential trips from 5am to 9am and 4pm to 8pm.

A vehicle licensed to carry up to four people will only be permitted to load one passenger. A vehicle licensed to carry up to eight passengers will only be permitted to load a maximum of three people.

 

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