Permit holders can now travel to attend funerals

CAPE TOWN- 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 Minister of Cooperative Governance & 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.


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