For the anti-mask peeps out there and others who just hate other signs of restrictions spawned by the coronavirus pandemic, there is a piece of good news. Mzansi is slowly doing away with them all.
South Africa’s health minister Joe Phaahla announced that he had repealed regulations promulgated in May under the National Health Act. The rules were made back then to control the spread of coronavirus.
But with the world coming to terms with the virus, armed with more data about it, normalcy is returning, and the minister thinks it’s okay to ditch mask-wearing in indoor public spaces. The minister also repealed restrictions on the size of gatherings.
This particular concession has been greeted with delight by members of South Africa’s entertainment community, comprising musicians, actors, and others. Previously, indoor gatherings were limited to about 60 per cent of their capacity.
The restriction was particularly frustrating to musicians, most of whom called President Cyril Ramaphosa out over it. Others rather implored him to the capacity. Well, those days are gone.
The restrictions may have been repealed, but there are still risks, and members of the public are advised to exercise caution still and report unusual symptoms to the nearest health facility.