For almost three years, we’ve been talking through a mask, sanitising like crazy, and practising this new concept called “social distancing”. Oh, and we’ve been cooped up at home and becoming paranoid about every cough and sneeze…

Despite the decrease in cases, and as we all adapt to living in a COVID world, masks remain a part of our lives because we are not completely out of the woods. In fact, we might never be. COVID might stick around forever. 

So, where does that leave you? Throw off the mask and throw caution to the wind? 

Wearing a mask still protects you and others from any number of germs and bacteria. Think of how often you come into daily contact with people and what you may be exposed to – without knowing their health history. Then, what about all the times you unwittingly touch a surface and then your face?

Important to remember: Wearing a mask is as much about protecting yourself as it is about protecting others - people who may not yet be vaccinated. 

While many find comfort in wearing masks, others are ready to do away with them. The Department of Health has published proposed regulations under the National Health Act, which will effectively act as a long-term replacement for South Africa's state-of-disaster COVID regulations. 

Some of the rules in place:

  • When attending an indoor event, a person must wear a face mask or a homemade item that covers the nose and mouth.
  • If a person doesn’t wear a face mask or a homemade item that covers the nose and mouth, they will not be allowed to use public transportation or enter public places.
  • A cloth or shield face mask that covers the nose and mouth must be provided to employees by their employer.
  • You need to show your valid vaccination certificate for indoor events and gatherings.
  • It's worth noting that wearing a mask in an outdoor public space like in the street no longer appears to be required, though it's unclear whether this is simply an oversight.
  • Also good to know: Some  companies are making it mandatory for employees to be vaccinated as they return to the office. Stay up to date on your company’s official policy.


Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 reduces your chances of contracting and spreading the virus and minimises the effects of the condition. For those who’ve been vaccinated, , the booster shots are now available. Speak to your pharmacist to check when you can get your shot.

Above all, stay safe, keep your distance in public, wash your hands regularly and wear a mask to protect yourself and those around you. And of course, vaccinate!


This article is for informational purposes only. Always check with your doctor or medical practitioner about any health concerns, before embarking on any fitness or nutrition programme, and usage of any medication.