President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a gradual easing of lockdown regulations into slowly getting back to civilian life. The gradual phasing out of the national lockdown is guided by scientific research. “As I have said previously if we end the lockdown too soon or too abruptly, we risk a massive and uncontrollable resurgence of the disease,” Ramaphosa said.

The president announced that South Africa is currently on a level 5, and as of the May 1st, we move to level 4. 

Level 5 entails tight lockdown restrictions that the country has had since the national lockdown commencement. The gradual easing down of lockdown regulations will take effect from May 1st, and Business Insider has a comprehensive list of the various phases and what you need to know. Here’s a summary: 

Level 5:

This entails full lockdown mode to help contain the spread of the virus. 

Level 4:

Borders remain closed for international travel during this phase. He also added that no transportation during inter-provinces would be allowed during this time except for shipment of goods with the expect ion of funerals or exceptional circumstances. 

– Agriculture-related, energy provision and manufacturing (with a limit to staff member count) permitted 

– Certain construction activities allowed ie. Building roads and bridges, as well as repairs

– Hardware components and sale for emergency repairs permitted 

– Sale of stationery books, laptops, mobile phones and tobacco permitted 

– Restaurants and fast-food joints open for delivery only 

– Open-cast mining to 100% capacity, 50% for other mining-related activities. 

– Domestic workers can operate as support staff for those returning to work

– Exercise permitted, not in groups and under strict regulations

– A daily curfew between 20:00 and 05:00

 Level 3:

– Sale of hot/cooked food prohibited except for deliveries 

– Workers will be allowed to return to factories subject to certain restrictions

– Commercial construction is permitted 

– Alcohol sales from Monday to Wednesday between 8:00 to midday permitted but no alcohol at bars, restaurants and shebeens allowed

– Real estate sector allowed to resume 

– Limited domestic flights with restrictions of the number of flights and reasons 

– Mining to resume at 100%

– Gardening and swimming pool activity to resume

– Recycling and dry-cleaning services resume

– A daily curfew between 20:00 and 05:00

Level 2: 

– All retail allowed (including alcohol but subject to “directives”)

– All manufacturing enabled at 100% employment

– Construction of all commercial and residential purposes

– All retail sales permitted including liquor 

– Business travel permitted, excluding conferences 

– All repair work allowed 

– Private household employment permitted 

– Interprovincial travel permitted 

– Daily curfew of 20:00 and 05:00

Level 1:

– All construction projects permitted

– Postal and courier services permitted as well as e-commerce

– Business and financial services permitted

– Accommodation services

– Restaurants, including sit-downs allowed

– All air travel, as well as the ocean, permitted

– All public and government services allowed

– Personal services like beauty spas and beauticians permitted

– Recreational, cultural and sporting activities resume

– No personal movement limitation 

– Public gatherings remain prohibited