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Social distancing and face masks in South Africa
Dec 29, 2020

Why the nose is no, social distancing and face masks in South Africa

Must I wear a face mask or face covering in South Africa?

Wearing a mask in South Africa any time you leave your accommodation has become an essential part of the day.  Under Alert Level 3, the law requires you to wear a mask in any public spaces, as well as when you enter shops, public buildings, and places of work.  The face mask or face covering must cover your nose and mouth.  Don’t move the mask down so that your nose is not covered.

And try to remember not to touch your face!

Under Adjusted Alert Level 3, any person who fails to comply with a verbal instruction by an enforcement officer to wear a face mask commits an offence and is, on conviction, liable to a fine or a period of imprisonment no longer than six months, or to both a fine and imprisonment.

Are there any exemptions for not wearing a face mask or covering?

  • If you are doing vigorous exercise, you don’t need to wear a face mask or covering, but you must stay 3 metres away from other people.

What are the social distancing requirements in South Africa?

Social distancing means that you must keep at least 1.5 metres apart from other people.  This small ask is a critical behaviour to help curb the spread of the disease across South Africa.  It needs to be practised in public spaces such as malls, workplace, social events, as well as any recreational areas where people gather.



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