Johannesburg – The Gauteng Division of Well being has obtained an pressing court docket order to cease a church gathering in Katlehong.
This comes after authorities publicised laws this week which bar gatherings of greater than 100 individuals in a bid to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.
As of Friday, South Africa had extra 202 confirmed instances of the Covid-19 virus, with greater than half of them coming from Gauteng.
SA INFECTIONS – 202
Gauteng – 109
Western Cape – 56
KZN – 24
Free State – 7
Mpumalanga – 5
Limpopo – 1
Gauteng Well being spokesperson Kwara Kekana mentioned the court docket order obtained on Friday meant the division had efficiently interdicted the church.
“The church has been interdicted and restrained with instant impact from convening a church service that’s not in accordance with the gazetted laws as launched by the Division of Cooperative Governance and Conventional Affairs,” mentioned Kekana.
She mentioned the division had been made conscious of considerations concerning the church gathering from members of the general public.
“The considerations surrounding the church gathering had been dropped at the eye of the Division by the neighborhood the place the church relies. Non-compliance of the gazetted laws may end up in a high-quality or an arrest.
“Mass gatherings expose individuals to nice danger. The measures which have been introduced by President Cyril Ramaphosa are put in place to assist comprise and forestall the additional unfold of Covid-19,” mentioned Kekana.
The division mentioned they had been interesting to individuals within the province to take the newest laws severely.
A number of the laws embody:
No visits to correctional service centres
No gatherings above 100
No gatherings at alcohol distributors above 50
Liquor shops to function between 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 1pm on public holidays and Sundays.
Pubs, bars and alcohol serving eating places to function between 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 1pm on public holidays and Sundays.
Pretend information is punishable by legislation.
Intentional contamination of the Covid-19 virus is punishable by legislation.