Face masks are no longer required

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On Wednesday, health minister Joe Phaahla quietly gazetted a notice that immediately removed any legal obligation to wear a face mask in South Africa. Phaahla signed a repeal on Wednesday with one other change – checks at South Africa’s borders.

Regulation 16A refers to “wearing of face masks to contain the spread of COVID-19”. Up until Wednesday, people were required to use a face mask in any public indoor space or when using public transport. Regulation 16B refers to the “regulation of gatherings to contain the spread of COVID-19”.

Phaahla is due to join Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele for a briefing on Thursday.

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