South Africans no longer required to wear face masks

South Africans no longer required to wear face masks. Limits on gatherings have also been dropped. Health Minister Joe Phaahla has published these changes in the government gazette.

The prohibition on mask use indoors and the restriction on public meetings and activities have all been abolished.

Health Minister Joe Phaahla published the latest amendments in the Government Gazette on Wednesday evening.

The decision follows a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council, which weighed in on whether the remaining COVID-19 regulations were still relevant.

On Thursday morning at 11:00, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele is scheduled to address the country.

On 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa ushered in what South Africans, at the time, believed would be a 21-day lockdown marked by a mandate to wear masks, unprecedented restrictions on movement, and a curfew amongst other things.

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