South Africa’s fight against a second wave of coronavirus infections has led government to adjust regulations defined by the Disaster Management Act. The most recent revision, announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during a national address on Monday night, has closed South Africa’s land borders, altered the curfew hours, and implemented a new regulation for all financial institutions.
Concerns around the unregulated use of ATMs, which, due to the constant physical contact with the machine’s keypad and limited social distancing for those waiting in line, were addressed by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) on Tuesday.
“It came to our attention that people queue at ATMs but there is no sanitisation there,” explained Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
“So, the regulation now is that every bank or financial institution that has an ATM must ensure that there are sanitisers at the ATM. This is very important, because, if not, the ATMs could become super spreaders.”
The president also confirmed the ban on alcohol sales and distribution would continue, and the curfew had been extended but would be an hour shorter. Dlamini Zuma says if ATM’s does not have sanitizers, they could become covid 19 carriers.