New health legislation regulations

AfriForum announced on 5 May that it will go ahead with court action against the proposed amendments to the National Health Act 61 of 2003 and the International Health Regulations Act 28 of 1974. The new health regulations will permanently enact supposedly temporary health measures afforded to the government during the state of disaster. AfriForum strongly and unequivocally opposes the amendments to the regulations. AfriForum previously warned the Department of Health of pending legal action, should they go ahead with these amendments. Some of the amendments are:

  • Anyone who enters or exits South Africa during a pandemic who does not have a vaccination certificate will have to provide a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours.
  • Restrictions will be retained on night vigils and after-funeral gatherings, for example funerals that are limited to 100 people.
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings may be occupied up to 50% of the venue capacity if vaccine certificates are required for entry. For gatherings where vaccine certificates are not required, limits of 1 000 people for indoor and 2 000 people for outdoor gatherings will apply.
  • Face masks will be compulsory for indoor gatherings, entering public premises and public transport.

AfriForum  will file an urgent application at the Pretoria High Court to have these regulations nullified.

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