The Minster of Health published the latest amendments to the COVID-19 regulations in the Government Gazette on the 22 June, which repealed regulations 16A, 16B and 16C in their entirety. These regulations related to the wearing of face masks, public gatherings and border checks. Accordingly, based on this, South Africans no longer need to wear face masks indoors in public settings. According to the Minster, the decision was based on current epidemiological analysis, which points to lower infection rates, coupled with the end of the 5th wave. Further to this, the limit on public gatherings (16B) and the need to be vaccinated to enter South Africa (16C) have also been dropped.
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