In support of the design sector the IID would like to provide come clarity about what industry specific activity is permitted during Alert Level 4 of the lockdown, and in doing so we have sought legal advice from our attorney Denis Warren-Tangney of Warren-Tangney Attorneys Inc in this regard. Despite this, it is important to understand that the regulations are constantly being amended and updated so this information will only be current as of 1st May, 2020.
You may access the Government Portal which is constantly updated as regulations are issued and amended here: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/covid-19-risk-adjusted-strategy/
The present legislation relating to Alert Level 4 is available here:
The legal interpretation we have received is that designers, architects and related professions are adequately classified as “Professional Services” and as such are permitted to operate within the limitations set out specific to Alert Level 4. It is important to stress however that this does not include your service providers or other industry aligned trades which might be classified otherwise, so please consider that with regard to any business decisions you might make at this time.
1. All businesses and individuals falling within the professional services sector should only return to their place of employment if working from home is not an option; and
2. Returning to work should only commence if the services these businesses or individuals provide are essential and in support of Alert Level 4 services. If not, they should continue to work from home and abide by the regulations put in place.
Therefore, you’ll only be permitted to provide these services if the project or design work falls within the specified professions that assists the services permitted in Alert Level 4 services.
Of course there will be regional variations of the above regulations as some areas are worse affected than others.
Strictly speaking, it is safe to say you should take every possible precaution you can. Any work requiring travel beyond the immediate regional vicinity of the city or town where you live is just not possible at present.
We hope this provides some clarity, and encourage you to be as innovative and resourceful as possible in keeping your employees and businesses protected and operational.