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New regulations for funerals

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Permit holders are now allowed to move between provinces and municipal districts to attend a funeral or transport a body for burial purposes.

PERMIT holders are now allowed to move between provinces and municipal districts to attend a funeral or transport a body for burial purposes.

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, have made amendments to regulations on the Covid-19 lockdown.

To attend a funeral, you have to obtain a permit from a magistrate who is the head of office or a station commander of a police station.

Only the following persons 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 amendment further determines that no more than 50 people may attend a funeral and no night vigils may be held.

Permit holders who attend funerals from outside of the province or municipal area may stay at a hotel, lodge or guest house for the duration of the funeral or cremation.

The permit must be presented to the owner or manager of the hotel, lodge or guest house.