South Africa will officially move to alert level 3 of the national lockdown on the 1st of June 2020. As the country’s continued efforts to flatten the curve, we will be gradually easing out of lockdown with a phased down approach. Easing out of lockdown entails slowly resuming specified economic as well as civilian functions and gradually loosening restrictions, with caution. 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma addressed the nation on the 28th of May. The minister stated that although the number of confirmed cases is rising, South Africa has managed to flatten the curve. The risk of rapid increase is also very likely at this point. 

Level 3 comes with fewer restrictions and more responsibility. One of the biggest points of contention was the possible lifting of the alcohol ban under level 3, and it has seemingly been partially lifted. Tobacco, however, remains prohibited under level 3. 

This is what we know so far and what you should note about level 3 lockdown in South Africa:

  • Everyone needs to wear masks in public
  • The 20:00 to 05:00 curfew will be lifted 
  • People are allowed to exercise outside from 06:00 to 18:00 
  • Group exercise prohibited 
  • Accommodation and domestic air travel for business purposes will be allowed 
  • Restaurants will be permitted to offer delivery, drive-through’s and collections; sit-downs prohibited 
  • Places of worship will be allowed to operate under strict regulations; a limit of 50 people 
  • Funerals limited to 50 people
  • Wholesale and retail will be fully operational 
  • Online shopping will remain open 
  • Alcohol sale for home consumption open between Monday and Thursday 09:00 to 17:00 
  • Professional, non-contact sport allowed without any spectators 
  • Ports of entry remain closed 
  • Public gatherings prohibited 
  • Sale of tobacco products still prohibited 
  • Hairdressing, beauty treatments or nail salons prohibited 
  • Tourist attractions closed except self-drive excursions
  • Gyms, casinos, bars, theatres and museums remain closed 
  • Schools will resume for Grades 7 and 12 learners on the 1st of June 
  • 33% of students will be allowed to return to campus 

Watch the full address below

Detailed level 3 regulations:

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