Mzukwa proposed that masks should be worn by people who have symptoms when indoors. He added that restrictions on gatherings had to end as the government had failed even to police them.
But Dr Hazel Mufhandu, virologist at the North West University, said removing masks could cause problems.
“We could see more strains arriving. We’ve seen how Covid-19 can mutate. We were lucky enough that Omicron was not that hectic, but with viruses you can never be certain that come the next one it will be better than Omicron.
“We still need to be cautious and wear masks, especially during winter season,” she said.
Meanwhile, Tourism Business Council of SA CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa said the sector would be pleased if regulations were further relaxed.
“It would be good news for the sector. It is important that we lift all outstanding restrictions. We have learnt a lot about the disease but I think that it is time that we move on,” Tshivhengwa said.
He added that the sector is now sitting at a 60% of recovery.
“We need conferences to come back and corporate travel to come back for us to see more recovery. We are optimistic that we may even fully recover as a sector come the end of the year,” he said.