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LEVEL 1 lockdown regulations

As the COVID-19 infection curve continues to flatten in South Africa, President Ramaphosa announced a further easing of lockdown regulations and placed the entire country on level 1 of the national lockdown with effect from midnight on Sunday, 20 September 2020. This is a summary of the latest regulations:

What’s allowed?

  • National state of disaster extended to 15 October 2020
  • National curfew from 00:00 to 04:00
  • Gradual and cautious easing of restrictions on international travel with effect from Thursday, 1 October 2020.
  • Sale of alcohol permitted Mondays to Fridays from 09:00 to 17:00
  • Alcohol sold for consumption in licensed premises, including bars and taverns, subject to regulations. On-site consumption permitted until midnight
  • Visits to old-age homes and retirement villages permitted, in line with strict protocols
  • Early childhood development programmes and partial care facilities (crèches) to reopen, subject to health and safety measures being in place
  • Social gatherings allowed, up to a maximum of 50% of the normal capacity of the venue. Limited to a maximum of 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors
  • Gyms and theatres allowed to accommodate up to 50% of the capacity
  • 100 people are now allowed to attend a funeral


  • Restrictions on sporting events
  • Social distancing, wearing of masks in public and hygiene protocols
  • Night vigils at funerals
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