Police warn churches against breaking lockdown rules

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Police are appealing to faith-based organisations within uMgungundlovu policing precinct to adhere to the lockdown regulations.

In a statement on Wednesday night, Brigadier AB Hlongwane, acting district commissioner of uMgungundlovu, said they will deploy additional manpower over the Easter Weekend to ensure compliance with the Disaster Management Act (DMA) at places of worship as well as at liquor outlets.

“Police will be on high alert to monitor any acts of criminality which may result in police action and subsequent arrests.”
uMgungundlovu commissioner, Brigadier AB Hlongwane.

Hlongwane said that according to Alert level 1, religious gatherings are restricted to 250 people indoors with a maximum of 500 people outdoors. No more than 50% of the venue capacity may be used.

Congregants should not gather outside of the places of worship and are prohibited from sleeping over after services at places of worship.

Liquor sales for off-site consumption are prohibited from April 2 until April 5. Alcohol sales may continue at on-site consumption premises until 11 pm.

Hlongwane asked that “every citizen behave in a responsible manner over the Easter weekend” and warned against drunk driving and the abuse of alcohol.

“Police will be on high alert to monitor any acts of criminality which may result in police action and subsequent arrests.”

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