New level 3 lockdown rules – A list of what you can and cannot do

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced stricter rules to fight the rapid spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.

The new rules include stricter measures to improve compliance with wearing cloth masks and banning the sale of alcohol.

He has also brought back a curfew, where every person is confined to their place of residence from 21:00 to 04:00 daily.

The new alert level 3 lockdown regulations have also relaxed some of the current restrictions around public transport and commercial activities.

Taxis and buses can now increase their capacity to 100% for short local trips, while the 70% occupancy restriction still holds for trips of over 200km.

All auctions will now be permitted subject to protocols similar to those that currently apply to agricultural auctions.

Parks will now be open for exercise and the requirement to wear a mask when doing “vigorous exercise” has been lifted.

Many level 3 lockdown restrictions remain in place. You still cannot visit family or friends, cigarette sales remain banned, and leisure travel is not allowed.

Alcohol ban explained

Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the alcohol ban is needed to combat the accelerating spread of the virus.

She explained that the sale of alcohol resulted in people letting their guard down and through irresponsible actions spread the virus.

Dlamini-Zuma said when people get drunk, they do not continue to wear their masks or observe social distancing, resulting in a higher risk of the virus spreading.

“We have seen it in many instances. The way alcohol brings people together, it discourages people from wearing masks, social distancing, and sanitising,” Dlamini-Zuma said.

She added that alcohol use increases violent behaviour which in turn results in injuries and taking up hospital beds which should be used to treat COVID-19 patients.

“When people have taken liquor, they get drunk – some become violent, start fighting, killing each other, or even at home they become violent,” she said.

What is allowed, and what not

With the latest alert level 3 regulatory changes, it raises the question of what is now allowed and what is not.

The table below provides an overview of the current level 3 lockdown rules.

Movement of people
When you can leave your house Perform any service allowed under level 3.
Travel to and from work.
Buy goods or obtain services.
Move children.
Exercise between 06:00 and 18:00.
Attend a place of worship.
Attend a school or learning institution.
Travel for leisure purposes allowed under level 3.
Movement of persons between provinces Prohibited, except for:
Business travel.
Moving to a new place of residence.
Caring for a family member.
Attending a funeral.
Students travelling to schools or an institution of learning.
Obtaining medical treatment.
Returning to a place of resident.
Transportation of mortal remains.
Curfew
Curfew on the movement of people Curfew between 21:00 and 04:00.
Visiting family and friends
Visiting family or friends Prohibited.
Wearing of a mask in a public place
Wear a cloth face mask when using public transport Compulsory.
Wear a cloth face mask in a building Compulsory.
Wear a cloth face mask in a public open space Compulsory.
Wear a cloth face mask at school Compulsory.
Wear a cloth face mask during vigorous exercise in a public place Not needed.
Wholesale and retail trade
Wholesale and retail trade Allowed.
Ecommerce Allowed.
Auctions Allowed.
Liquor sales Prohibited.
Cigarette sales Prohibited.
E-cigarette sales Prohibited.
Sale of other tobacco products Prohibited.
Restaurants
Delivery Allowed.
Collection Allowed.
Sit-down Allowed.
Consumption of alcohol in restaurant Prohibited.
Personal care services
Hairdressing Allowed.
Beauty treatments Allowed.
Make-up and nails salons Allowed.
Piercing and tattoo parlours Allowed.
Bus and Taxi Services
Long distance inter-provincial travel Allowed with up to 70% of the licensed capacity.
Local trips Allowed with 100% of the licensed capacity.
Air travel
Domestic air travel for business Allowed.
Domestic air travel for leisure Prohibited.
International air travel for business Prohibited.
International air travel for leisure Prohibited.
Airports
Airports which can operate O.R. Tambo International.
Cape Town International.
King Shaka International.
Lanseria.
Bram Fischer in Bloemfontein.
Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.
Pietermaritzburg Airport.
Port Elizabeth Airport.
Richard’s Bay Airport.
Skukuza Airport.
Passenger ships for leisure purposes.
Passenger ships for leisure purposes Prohibited
Gatherings
Funerals Allowed, but limited to 50 people.
Religious gatherings Allowed, but limited to 50 people.
Conferences for business purposes Allowed, but limited to 50 people.
Meetings for business purposes Allowed, but limited to 50 people.
General public gatherings Prohibited.
Sports events where people attend Prohibited.
Public premises
Public parks Only allowed for exercising.
Bars, taverns, and shebeens Prohibited.
Night clubs Prohibited.
Gyms and fitness centres Prohibited.
Sports grounds and fields Prohibited.
Swimming pools Prohibited.
Beaches Prohibited.
Fetes and bazaars Prohibited.
Entertainment venues
Cinemas Allowed, but limited to 50 people.
Theatres Allowed, but limited to 50 people and 15 performers and crew.
Casinos Allowed, but not more than 50% of the available floor space.
Other venues
Museums Allowed.
Galleries Allowed.
Libraries Allowed.
Sport
Jogging and walking Allowed in groups of up to 4 people.
Cycling Allowed in groups of up to 4 people.
Non-contact sports matches Allowed, but no spectators allowed.
Contact sports Allowed for training only.
Hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts
Hotels Allowed, for business purposes only (no leisure travel).
Lodges Allowed, for business purposes only (no leisure travel).
Licensed B&B Allowed, for business purposes only (no leisure travel).
Timeshare facilities Allowed, for business purposes only (no leisure travel).
Resorts Allowed, for business purposes only (no leisure travel).
Guest houses Allowed, for business purposes only (no leisure travel).
Home sharing, like Airbnb Prohibited.
Parks and tourist attractions
SANParks and game reserves Allowed for self-drive excursions.
Tourist destinations Allowed for self-drive excursions.
Evictions
Evictions Prohibited, unless a court grant an order for the eviction

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