It warned against complacency about the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.
“Though the country recently scrapped the compulsory wearing of masks in public, people with comorbidities and those who are ill are encouraged to continue wearing a mask. We must also continue to wash or sanitise our hands, and observe social distancing and proper ventilation.
“Vaccination remains the scientifically proven defence against Covid-19 and cabinet encourages all unvaccinated people to vaccinate without delay, and vaccinated people to get their booster shots at their nearest vaccination sites for free,” it said.
Those who feel they still need to wear a mask are encouraged to do so, with schools and business owner free to decide whether they’ll continue to implement regulations.
“If you run a facility, you have the right to determine regulations. Whether you run a shop, a restaurant, or a hotel, you can have your own regulations that you are comfortable with and your clients are happy with as well,” said health minister Joe Phaahla.
He said a school governing body may decide to keep its own mask mandates in place and this is separate from the government’s policies.
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