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Agri SA Summary of regulations for agriculture during COVID-19

On 15 March 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation and declared the outbreak of the Covid-19 as a national state of disaster in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2020. This came after the World Health Organisastion confirmed the outbreak of the virus as a global pandemic. A range of regulations and directives has since been put in place which included restricted international travel, prohibited gatherings of more than 100 people, the closure of schools and other educational institutions and restrictions in the sale of alcohol after 18:00.

After the implementation of these regulations, the global crisis deepened whereafter President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on the 23rd of March 2020 and declared a nation-wide lockdown after consultation with the National Coronavirus Command Council. This lockdown commenced on the 26th of March at 23:59 and will end on midnight 16 April 2020 to effectively curb the spread of the virus. Since the announcement of the lockdown regulations has since been published by various ministerial departments to take the necessary steps to prevent an escalation of the disaster. The common objective of these regulations is to alleviate, contain and minimise the effects of the outbreak of Covid-19 within the Republic of South Africa.

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