South Africa’s new advanced level 3 lockdown rules – All the details

Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published an amendment to the National State of Disaster regulations which detail the advanced level 3 lockdown rules announced by Cyril Ramaphosa on 17 June.

Ramaphosa previously said that following consultation with scientists and provincial governments, the cabinet has decided to ease restrictions on a number of economic activities.

The directive detailing these rules was published on 25 June and provides more details on the businesses which may reopen under the country’s advanced level 3 lockdown and the limitations which they will be subject to after they reopen.

While the directive states that business sectors such as restaurants are allowed to open, it does not provide specific directions for their reopening.

The directive also includes a number of new changes, including a restriction on the number of people that may exercise in a group.

It also provides specific restrictions for the reopening of businesses including cinemas, restaurants, and more.

When you can leave the house

The regulations have updated the rules around leaving your house to exercise or obtain essential goods, stating that South Africans may now leave their place of residence for the following reasons:

  • Perform any service, as permitted under Alert Level 3.
  • Travel to and from work.
  • Buy goods or obtain services, as permitted under Alert Level 3.
  • Move children, as allowed.
  • Exercise between the hours of 06:00 to 18:00 – provided that the exercise is not done in organised groups of more than four people and adheres to health protocols and social distancing measures.
  • Attend a place of worship in the same or another metropolitan area or district within the same province.
  • Attend a school or learning institution, once these are opened.
  • Travel for leisure purposes as allowed under Alert Level 3.

It is interesting to note that exercise in groups of greater than four people is now expressly prohibited under the new regulations.

The regulations further added that the movement of people between provinces remains prohibited except in certain cases, including permit-holding employees performing work or services allowed under level 3, people who are moving residence, members of Parliament, students who are commuting to school, citizens seeking medical attention, and people who are attending funerals.

Cinemas, casinos, and restaurants to reopen

The regulations detail the circumstances under which restaurants, casinos, cinemas, theatres, and a number of other new activities allowed to resume operation under the advanced lockdown rules will be allowed to reopen.

Dlamini-Zuma also explicitly named businesses that will remain closed under level 3 lockdown – including gyms and fitness centres, night clubs, unlicensed accommodation, conference facilities, bars and taverns, and public beaches and parks.

“All persons who are able to work from home must do so,” the regulations said.

“However, persons will be permitted to perform any type of work outside the home, and to travel to and from work and for work purposes under Alert Level 3, subject to strict compliance with health protocols and social distancing measures and the return to work being phased-in in order to put in place measures to make the workplace COVID -19 ready.”

According to the regulations, the businesses that will be allowed to reopen include the following, subject to the limitations listed below:

Activity Restrictions
Cinemas Limited to 50 persons or less, depending on size.
Sale of tickets through a booking system.
Strict adherence to health protocols and social distancing.
Theatres Limited to 50 persons or less, depending on size.
Maximum of 15 performers and crew.
Strict adherence to health protocols and social distancing.
Casinos Limited to 50 persons or less, depending on size.
Strict adherence to health protocols and social distancing.
Sporting activities Non-contact sports matches, which may only include players, match officials, journalists, medical and television crew.
Contact sports for training only.
Museums, galleries, libraries, and archives Strict adherence to health protocols and social distancing.
Personal care services Limited to 50 persons or less, depending on size.
Hairdressing, beauty treatments, make-up and nails salons and piercing and tattoo parlours, as identified in directions by the responsible Cabinet member.
Restaurants Strict adherence to health protocols and social distancing.

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