Government has called on all public servants who continue to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic to now return back to their workstations as all restrictions of the National State of Disaster have been lifted.
Public Service and Administration Director-General, Ms Yoliswa Makhasi, today issued a circular to repeal the regulations relating to the surveillance and the control of notifiable medical conditions.
“Going forward, all Comorbidities related to COVID-19 will be managed in accordance with the Determination and directive on leave of absence in the public service Issued August 2021. Departments are required to ensure that all employees return to normal work conditions with no restrictions with effect from June 29, 2022.
“All public servants are encouraged to choose vaccination as the best line of defence against the virus. Accounting Officers should retain the legal responsibility to determine workplace requirements and for ensuring the delivery of the full public service array, taking into account the health and safety of employees as outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 as amended,” she said.
Last month, Minister in the Presidency, Mr Mondli Gungubele announced that Cabinet took a decision to end the mandatory use of masks indoors and removed restrictions on gatherings.
Director-General Makhasi said Regulations 16A, 16B and 16C have been repealed. Regulation 16A refers to “wearing of face masks to contain the spread of COVID-19, while Regulation 16B refers to the “regulation of gatherings to contain the spread of COVID-19 and Regulation 16c refers to the persons entering the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.”