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LIVE BLOG: Police have a right to ask where you bought cigarettes - Cele

The Ministers of COGTA, Justice and DTIC present Alert Level 3 lockdown regulations.

The briefing has now ended.

Minister Motsoaledi: The issuing of passports will only be allowed for people involved in the cross border transportation of essential goods and medicines

Minister Motsoaledi: During level 3, Home Affairs is offering registration of births,reissue of birth certificates,late registration of birth,marriage services,death certificates,issuing temporary IDs,collection of IDs applied for prior to the lockdown

SANDF are there to support police during roadblocks. They are not allowed to search and make arrests.

SANDF members are not allowed to enter your yard if they see you drinking. "You can't patrol somebody's yard," says Mapisa-Nqakula.

Visiting friends, girlfriends etc is still not permitted.

Foreign nationals living in SA but are stuck in their home countries and want to come home won't be able to do so yet. This is with the exception of groups like school children etc.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will reply to questions.

Hotspot areas will see an increase in roadblocks.

Cele says roadblocks have been scaled down as lockdown levels have gone from 5 to 4 and on to 3. But they will not stop altogether.

Over 243,146 people have been arrested during the lockdown period. 241 of these people have been processed. 2087 cases are still under investigation.

She says the SANDF will not appeal whatever the court rules.

Mapisa-Nqakula says they will comment when all processes have been completed.

She says she won't comment because the matter is still under investigation.

Mapisa-Nqakula says her department is surprised that the Collins Khosa report got into the media's hands. She says all processes in dealing with the matter have not been completed.

Two family members must be in the vehicle carrying the remains of a deceased person.

Employees must get permission letters from their employers.

Police Minister Bheki Cele says there will still be many roadblocks.

The courts will use audio-visual communication to conclude any urgent cases 

Minister Mapisa-Nqakuka appeals to the citizens to report any misconduct or any form of degrading treatment by members of the law enforcement by calling a toll free number 0800 333 177 or email complaintsnodalpoints@saps.gov.za.

SANDF engineers have been deployed to KZN, EC to build bridges so communities can access services.

Decontamination teams will be deployed where they are needed.

SANDF officials are still doing thermal scan screenings of members of the public.

Mapisa-Nqakula says moving to alert level 3 requires all of us to continue to adhere to the regulations.

Patrols, roadblocks and checks will be done in areas identified as hotspots.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is first up.

You can visit your families in your local area, but not across provinces.

Lenders are not allowed to lend to consumers recklessly.

People can get married under an official, but wedding celebration gatherings are still prohibited.

Patel says they did not want a blanket lift on the ban on alcohol because of the pressure alcohol puts on the health system.

Minister Dlamini-Zuma says people must report any illegal sale of cigarettes.

Domestic workers are allowed to return to work.

You can order and pick up food from restaurants.

Nobody is forced to go to church, Dlamini-Zuma says.

Dlamini-Zuma says there is no telling when we will move to level 2.

Patel says more workplaces, such as ines, are reporting an increase of infections.

Any licensed business can ell alcohol.

Alcohol can only be sold in sealed containers.

Hot food can be sold again, but no sit down.

The impact of the virus has been harsh, Patel urges consumers to support local manufacturers and small businesses.

Construction companies have committed to providing sanitisation facilities for workers.

Patel calls for vigilance to protect the gains of the lockdown.

38 million masks have been procured for health care workers, more masks will now be made locally.

Businesses no longer have to register on government's Biz portal.

Some businesses, like hair salons, will remain restricted until measures are put in place to make these places safer.

Where the risk of infection is high, such workplaces have stricter restrictions.

"Almost our entire workforce will be back at work... Those that can work from home must be encouraged to do so," Patel says.

Patel says government consulted very widely. Over 70,000 comments were received by the Cogta department from the public.

"Level 3 is based on most South Africans being at work," Patel says. The focus now shifts to businesses and workers.

"The lockdown has come at a great sacrifice," Patel says. "But it has bought us valuable time to put a number of measures into place."

Patel says this is the most significant reopening of the economy since lockdown started.

Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel is next.

Dlamini-Zuma ends her address.

"The measure we have implemented are difficult but necessary," Dlamini-Zuma says.

On-site consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

Alcohol will be sold from Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm.

COVID-19 has particularly hit the vulnerable and homeless. The homeless will be kept in shelters.

Every company must have a COVID-19 compliance officer and a COVID-19 plan for when inspectors come to check.

Government public consultations will continue to happen online.

All public servants are also going back to work, except those with permission to stay home. Senior citizens are encouraged to stay home.

Domestic air travel will be permitted from a date to be announced by the minister of transport.

You still need a permit to travel to another province.

"Interprovincial travel has contributed to community transmissions," Dlamini-Zuma says.

People arriving at places of worship must be screened upon arrival.

The National Day of Prayer will be Sunday 31 May.

"The virus has challenged our ways as a society," Dlamini-Zuma says.

Funerals will still be limited to 50 attendees. No travel between provinces to attend funerals, except for close family of the deceased.

Hotels and lodges remain closed.

The number of people in workplaces will be limited.

Workplace gatherings permitted.

Recreational facilities remain closed.

Pupils, teachers, students can travel between provinces to get to school once they open. The exercise curfew has been lifted, but you can't exercise in groups. You must wear a mask.

Hotspots may go back to higher levels of restrictions should infections continue to grow exponentially.

Hotspots areas include:
Tshwane
Johannesburg
Cape Town
Overberg
eThekwini
Chris Hani (EC)
Ekurhuleni
iLembe

Lockdown will continue until the curve has been flattened for a sustained period of time.

Sound scientific advice and international trends have informed the regulations. But given socio-economic conditions, restrictions have been eased.

"The risk of a massive increase in the infections re now greater than since the start of the outbreak," Dlamini-Zuma says.

"Prevention is a cornerstone of our response," Dlamini-Zuma says.

Masks must be worn at all times while out in public. All facilities should have sanitisers. 

Lockdown level 3 allows government to save lives and save the livelihoods of millions, Dlamini-Zuma says.

Dlamini-Zuma says the virus' peak is still coming.

Dlamini-Zuma commends efforts to reach out to the most vulnerable during the lockdown and show ubuntu.

Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says government engaged with many different stakeholders including provinces, municipalities and businesses to determine the level 3 lockdown regulations.

The live briefing will now begin.

WATCH LIVE: Media briefing on COVID-19 level 3 lockdown regulations

Earlier this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that religious groups could hold gatherings comprising no more than 50 people.

The media briefing by the Cogta, Justice and DTI departments had to be rescheduled a couple of times this week. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu explained why.