Government has warned that it will fine those found in public without wearing a face mask.

It is now compulsory for all South Africans to wear a mask under stage four lockdown regulations.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says no person is allowed to use public transport without wearing a mask.

Durban based attorney Theasen Pillay says, “My advice to anyone is … from the time you leave home, put on a mask. Regardless of where you are going, in whatever mode [of transport] you are traveling in. If you are at work, if you are in public in any forum, until the time that you return [home], keep the mask on.”

“It will not only remove the risk of a very hefty fine, but it will drastically reduce the chance of infection, which is ultimately the goal of this entire proceedings and our lifestyle currently.”

Social distancing remains a concern

Long queues have again marred payment of social grants to pensioners and people with disabilities in Mpumalanga.

In the video below, some Sassa beneficiaries are not observing social distancing:

Social distancing is still a challenge at some pay-points.

In North West, community members still seem dismissive of the risk.

Some Mahikeng residents say masks or social distancing are unnecessary, as no cases have been reported in their area.

In the video below, some Mahikeng residents say masks, social distancing are unnecessary