Beaches continue to be prohibited to the public under Level 3 lockdown. Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma officially gazetted new amendments to the regulations following the President’s address on Monday [January 11], including an altered definition of “beaches”.
Regulation 1 of the Regulations has been amended and now defines a ‘beach’ as the sandy, pebbly or rocky shore
– between the high-water mark and low-water mark adjacent to the sea, or an estuary mouth extending 1000 meters inland from the mouth; and
– within 100 metres of the high -water mark, excluding private property. including the sea and estuary themselves adjacent to the beach. An ‘estuary’ means an estuary as defined in section 1 of the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008 (Act No. 24 of 2008).
All beaches, dams, lakes, rivers, lagoons, public parks, and public swimming pools in hotspot areas remain closed to the public under Level 3. Botanical gardens, national parks, and other parks where access control measures and entry limitations are already in place may remain open to the public, President Ramaphosa announced.