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Labour Dept concerned that only 55% of businesses are COVID-19 compliant

Almost 8 million people returned to work this week, as level three of the lockdown came into effect on Monday.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Labour Department on Tuesday said that it was concerned that only 55% of South African businesses were complying with the health and safety regulations that aimed to keep workers safe from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost 8 million people returned to work this week as level three of the lockdown came into effect on Monday.

The department has sent out inspectors to offices to ensure that businesses were implementing social distancing and sanitising among other things.

Acting chief inspector at the department, Tibor Szana said: “We have found that their level of compliance has been static around this time and that is a concern for us. We’ve had compliance levels of between 55% to 60% and if that is the case, we are in trouble.”

South Africans have echoed this sentiment, saying that stricter rules must be applied.

“I wanted to go get takeaways from a restaurant and as you can see in the kitchen, some people were wearing masks and some people were or not,” one citizen said.

Another said: “There must be a legislation that states whichever company does not comply will get a very hefty fine.”

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For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.