The Department of Health in the Western Cape is encouraging voluntary wearing of masks

REPORTED BY: MATSHEBA MALATJI
DATE : 26 JUNE 2022

The Department of Health in the Western Cape is encouraging voluntary wearing of masks especially by the old aged individuals and people with underlying chronic conditions.

The department says while welcoming the freedom of not wearing the masks as announced by government, it has urged people to be careful of their vulnerability as COVID-19 is still around.

Head of Operations in the Department Dr Saadiq Kariem says masks have proven to provide protection against airborne diseases.

voluntary wearing of masks where applicable is encouraged, especially for people with flu symptoms, people with underlying chronic conditions and the elderly. Our data continues to show that vaccination offers the greatest protection against infection and death and therefore we implore anyone of 12 years and over to get their vaccination up to date including their boosters, we know that COVID is not gone but we are learning to live with it.

South Africans no longer required to wear face masks indoors

Limitations on gatherings as well as testing and vaccination requirements for visitors to South Africa are also stopped.

These regulations were implemented as part of the national state of disaster since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, two years ago.