Welcome to the permanent pandemic

The proposed Health Act amendments threaten pandemic measures for any respiratory disease. If that is not the world you want to live in, ultimately, you will need to change it by standing up.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

With the publication of the proposed regulations under the National Health Act and the Code of Good Conduct under the Labour Relations Act, government has finally shown us what life looks like after two years of emergency regulation. The pressing question is whether the society being created with these regulations is one you want to live in?

WHAT DOES PANDA SAY?

The Minister does not have the power to implement the Proposed Regulations. They are ultra vires. The Proposed Regulations are not based on science but on myths including that masks and social distancing reduce transmission and that the COVID-19 Vaccines make the vaccinated and the spaces they occupy safer. As such, the Proposed Regulations are manifestly irrational and will be void if they are passed. The impact of the Proposed Regulations is not benign. They entail limitations on businesses that have a direct impact on lives and livelihoods. They entail limitations on Constitutional rights that result in unfair discrimination and the inability to enjoy hard-won liberties. The safety and efficacy of the Vaccines is questionable. These impacts are not proportionate to the risks that many of the NMCs, and certainly COVID-19, pose.

Please read, share and use the comments we have written to submit your own. This is where active citizens have a chance to make an impact.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Submit comments on the proposed Health Act amendments before 24 April 2022 via:

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