Lockdown: Common areas in complexes & estates

People living in private residential complexes, estates, apartment blocks and other such private facilities MAY NOT USE COMMON AREAS DURING LOCKDOWN.

This is in response to queries that have arisen from notifications that may have emanated from estate management companies and homeowners associations regarding the right to move on their own properties, including common areas such as parks, play parks, open grass areas, etc.

Herewith confirmation by Garden Route Disaster Management Head Gerhard Otto today (31 March 2020) that during lockdown:

1. State of emergency regulation supersedes all other rules, including that on ‘private property’.

2. No common property in estates may be used during lockdown for public gatherings or recreational activities.

3. Body corporate/homeowners associations have the authority to self-enforce.

4. Body corporates/homeowners associations may be criminally culpable for not enforcing lockdown.

Issued by the Garden Route District Multi-Agency Command Centre

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