Thursday, 02 April 2020 20:05

New COVID-19 regulations for funerals

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New regulations governing who may attend a funeral under the Coronavirus-enforced lockdown have been put in place by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta). 

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Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has gazetted further amendments to the regulations on the COVID-19 lockdown in order to flatten the infection curve. 

The amendments allow certain individuals to move between provinces, metropolitan and district areas for the purposes of transporting a body for burial purposes. 

The amendment also limits the individuals who are permitted to travel to funerals. 

The regulations now outline a process on how people -- who wish to travel between provinces or metropolitan and district areas to attend a burial or cremation -- can obtain a permit. 

Only the following people, who live outside a province or metropolitan and district areas, may attend a funeral:

  • spouse or partner of the deceased;
  • children of the deceased, whether biological, adopted or stepchildren. 
  • children-in-law of the deceased;
  • parents of the deceased - whether biological, adopted or stepparents;
  • siblings, whether biological, adopted or stepbrother or sister of the deceased;
  • grandparents of the deceased; and
  • persons closely affiliated to the deceased.  

The current prohibition of 50 persons attending a funeral is still in effect. The holding of night vigils is still prohibited. 

The permit may be obtained from a Magistrate or a station commander of a police station or a person designated by him or her. 

In order to obtain a permit a Magistrate, who is the head of office or a station commander of a police station or a person designated by him or her, must be provided with a death certificate or a certified copy of a death certificate. 

A permit holder may stay at a hotel, lodge or guesthouse for the duration of the funeral or cremation. The permit must be presented to the owner or manager of the hotel, lodge or guesthouse. 

The COVID-19 regulations and amendment may be accessed for download at: http://www.cogta.gov.za/?p=7871 or https://bit.ly/2X46YJl

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