Lockdown level 1: New regulations you need to know about

Lockdown level 1: New regulations you need to know about

A dramatic drop in new COVID-19 infections across the country has prompted cabinet to move South Africa to alert level one, effective at midnight.

Makro Lockdown - AFP

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the move in an address to the nation on Sunday evening.

While the change in alert levels will stimulate economic and social activity, Ramaphosa urged South Africans not to abandon safety protocols.

Here is a full list of the changes in regulations.


The hours of the curfew will now be from 12 midnight to 4am.

Alcohol Sales

The sale of alcohol will be permitted, according to normal licence provisions. However, no alcohol may be sold during the hours of curfew.


Gatherings will be permitted, subject to limitations on size, adherence to social distancing and other health protocols.

These include religious, social, political and cultural gatherings.

The maximum number of people allowed at any gathering is 100 people indoors or 250 people outdoors.

Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used.

Night vigils or other gatherings before or after funerals are still not permitted.

Nightclubs will remain closed.

Mask wearing

The wearing of masks in public places is still mandatory, and failure to wear a mask when required remains a criminal offence.

Border Posts

The 33 land border posts that have been closed throughout this period will remain closed, while the other 20 will remain open.

Only five airports will be open for international travel with standard infection control measures.

These are OR Tambo, Cape Town, King Shaka, Kruger Mpumalanga and Lanseria airports.

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