Minister of Health Dr. Joe Phaahla on Wednesday repealed Covid-19 regulations mandating the use of face masks and requiring people leaving or entering SA to present full vaccination certificates.
In a government gazette Wednesday, Phaahla repealed Rules 16A, 16B and 16C of the Regulations on the Surveillance and Control of Reportable Medical Conditions in their entirety.
He said the repeal of the relevant regulations would take effect upon publication of the Gazette.
A leaked June 20 memorandum from Phaahla showed that he was calling for an end to all remaining Covid-19 restrictions.
The memo said the regulations on wearing masks indoors apply Gatherings and travelers into the country who needed to be tested and vaccinated were being held during a specific and extreme phase of the pandemic.
The memo said with a sharp drop in infection numbers, Kra Hospitalizations and deaths, the minister argued, were not measured ca opriate.
Following the leaked memo, the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) called for the lockdown to be lifted.
IRR campaign leader Gabriel Crouse said if people mask up and get vaccinated and avoid crowded stadiums, they’re welcome to do so.
“The idea of closing shops to get other people into the same shape has have long proved ineffective in a country where almost everyone is infected. Freedom needs a comeback,” Crouse said.
Fedhasa chief Rosemary Anderson, speaking on behalf of the hospitality industry, said Tuesday the organization welcomed the Department of Health’s recommendation to lift the regulations.
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