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South Africa remains on lockdown level 1

South Africans are commended for adhering to COVID-19 health protocols, but we are not yet ready to return to normal life. So said President Cyril Ramaphosa last night, when he announced that the country will remain on lockdown level 1 but with a number of adjustments for the next 15 days. These adjustments are aimed at preventing the spread of the virus during the Easter holiday, when people are expected to travel between provinces to attend religious gatherings and visit friends and family.

What's new


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  • Sale of alcohol for off-site consumption prohibited over the Easter weekend from Friday, 2 April to Monday, 5 April 2021. Alcohol sales at restaurants and taverns continue as usual.
  • Attendance at religious gatherings extended to maximum 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors, or 50% of the venue’s capacity. Congegrants should not gather outside their normal places of worship and should not sleep over after services.

What stays


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  • It remains mandatory to wear a mask in a public space.
  • Curfew remains the same, from midnight to 04:00.
  • Social distancing and other health protocols must be observed at all times.
  • Public recreational spaces remain open, subject to strict health protocols.
  • Funerals remain restricted to 100 people or less, and the duration of a funeral is restricted to two hours.
  • Interprovincial travel is still allowed, but should be limited if possible.
  • Alcohol sales may continue for on-site consumption during licensed hours, until 23:00.

To read the President’s full statement, click here.

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