No more face masks for South Africa

Dylan Bettencourt

South Africans are no longer required to wear masks.

On Wednesday, Health Minister Joe Phaahla repealed the wearing of masks and the restrictions limiting the amount of people allowed to gather in public as well as vaccine checks at entry ports.

Although face masks were not required to be used in outdoor settings, they were still required in indoor settings. 

But that is no more as South Africans can move freely in any circumstance without a face mask. 

The regulations were removed “in their entirety” in the Government Gazette notice. 

Phaahla suggested on Monday that the remaining Covid-19 restrictions be lifted as the spread of the virus remained low in South Africa. 

Phaahla said South Africa had exited its fifth wave and the regulations “no longer need to be in place at the present moment”.

His suggestions however had to be discussed at the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) on Wednesday. 

In the meeting with representatives from all provinces, there was an agreement from all parties to lift the final restrictions. 

Following the meeting, the Government Gazette notice was released, showing that South Africa no longer has any Covid-19 regulations. 

Phaahla is expected to host a media conference on Thursday to discuss the lifting of the regulations. 

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