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New level 4 lockdown adjustments

The President has extended South Africa’s adjusted level 4 lockdown for another 14 days to 25 July 2021 in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the third wave of infections. The current restrictions are aimed at limiting social contact while preserving the economy.

What's new


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  • Restaurants may operate with sit-down customers but must practise strict health protocols. They may not allow more than 50 people at a time or, for smaller venues, more than 50% of their normal capacity.
  • Other venues, such as gyms and fitness centres, may also open with strict health protocols in place.
  • Activities such as agricultural livestock and game auctions are allowed, subject to strict observance of all health protocols and regulations.

What stays


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  • Public spaces such as beaches and parks remain open, but no gatherings are allowed.
  • It remains mandatory to wear a mask in a public space. The President said that this rule will be enforced on a stricter level and that offenders will be prosecuted.
  • Curfew from 21:00 to 04:00.
  • Businesses must close at 20:00 to allow staff enough time to travel home before the curfew starts.
  • All alcohol sales are prohibited.
  • All social, religious, cultural and political gatherings are banned. Only funerals, with attendance limited to 50 people, are allowed.
  • Gauteng is in leisure travel lockdown, but commercial travel is still allowed as well as where people need to move around for business purposes.
  • All schools remain closed until 26 July 2021.

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