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​​JOC compliance and Covid-19 Health Protocols under Lockdown Alert Level 1​
Dear Stakeholder, 

In the first quarter of 2020, the event management industry experienced a different kind of world-shaking event: the global coronavirus pandemic. 

Noting the rapid spread globally of the coronavirus, the President of the Republic declared a National State of Disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act of 2002. The Cabinet has approved the extension of South Africa’s national state of disaster to 15 October 2020.

The government staged a nationwide lockdown alongside a set of regulations restricting all gatherings of more than 100 people. This had a huge and immediate impact on the events industry and many long-awaited events were cancelled to abide by the regulations and in the interest of saving lives.

The requirements of the National State of Disaster Regulations and Directives governing the National State of Disaster warranted the need for health and safety precautions to be taken into account when hosting events. This will also allow the events industry working with the City of Johannesburg’s Events Joint Operations Committee (JOC) to plot a way forward together in planning events in a safe and controlled manner.

With that said, any event regardless of its magnitude or length is prone to risks. Compliance pertinent to the planning of events is essential as enshrined in the “Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act No.2 of 2010” that governs the Joint Operations Committee (JOC) in conjunction with the City of Johannesburg by-laws.  

Please note that the purpose of the Act is to provide measures to safeguard the physical well-being and safety of people and property at sports, recreational, religious, cultural, exhibitional, organisational or similar events held at stadiums, venues or along a route. 
Thus the City’s Events JOC is fundamentally responsible for mitigating risks associated with any planned events while simultaneously executing an advisory role in relation to best practices to adhere to in staging events hosted in the City of Johannesburg.

Please note, compliance is not optional. Should any event not comply, the City’s Events JOC would in the interest of public safety be left with no alternative but to close the non-compliant event and the South African Police Services (SAPS), could then open a docket for non-compliance to Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act No.2 of 2010.

In light of the above, it is crucial for all event managers/organisers involved in the planning of events within the City of Johannesburg to comply with requirements and procedures as set out by JOC. This is for the purpose of endorsement by relevant authorities, including recent published series of National directives that update the country’s lockdown rules in a number of areas, including the opening of borders, sports and religious gatherings.

These directives outline which restrictions stay in place and which are lifted under the new risk level. People who fail to follow the regulations could be arrested and charged with contravention of the country’s lockdown rules under the Disaster Management Act.

Under alert level 1, social, religious, political and other gatherings will be permitted, as long as the number of people does not exceed 50% of the normal capacity of a venue, up to a maximum of 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings.As per the Government gazette, Vol 633, No. 43725 on 18 September 2020.

The battle against the disease is by no means over

Gatherings under alert level 1

  • ​Facility owners should clearly display the venue’s capacity.
  • Churches and other faith-based institutions are allowed no more than 250 people in an indoor venue, or 500 people in an outdoor venue provided this does not exceed the venue’s 50 percent threshold capacity while allowing for physical distancing and the wearing of masks. 
  • Conferences, meetings, political and social events along with recreational gatherings are allowed under alert level 1. No more than 250 people can attend these gatherings at indoor venues. No more than 500 people at an outdoor venue — provided the venue’s 50 percent threshold is not exceeded.  

The following places are allowed only 50 percent of the venue’s capacity: casinos, gyms, fitness facilities, bars, taverns, hotels and timeshare facilities.  

Among other restrictions, nightclubs remain closed; spectators cannot attend any sporting events.

Every person, when attending a gathering, and in order to limit exposure to Covid-19, must:

  • Wear a face mask;
  • Adhere to all health protocols;
  • Maintain a distance of least one and a half meters from each other; and
  • Adhere to any other health protocols and social distancing measures as provided for. 

In addition, an owner or operator of any indoor or outdoor facility where gatherings are held must display the certificate of occupancy, which sets out the maximum number of persons the facility may hold.

All events staged within the City of Johannesburg, whether big or small, are still subjected to JOC compliance and Covid-19 safety protocols. Any planned event may only be staged once presented and supported by the City’s Events JOC.

All event managers/organisers involved in the planning of events are therefore required to notify the Events Management office of their proposed event (2) two weeks before the event. Book a presentation slot by completing the following form: Click here 

Thank you all in advance for complying. For more information, please contact the Event management JOC team on

Issued on behalf of: 

Bongi Mokaba
Director: Events Management 
Chair of the Events Management JOC 
Group Communications and Marketing  
City of Johannesburg 
Should you require any information in this regard please see the contact information below;

Itumeleng Mankge                                                                   Shaun Harrison 
Deputy Director                          Divisional Chief
Events Compliance                                          EMS Events                                        
011 407 7051                          011 407-6018