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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN LEVEL 3 REGULATIONS: A SUMMARY

Updated: Dec 30, 2020


The adjusted Covid-19 disaster management regulations and revised list of hotspot districts and metros have been gazetted, confirming announcements made in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation.


In summary, the new measures:

  • impose the same 21:00 to 06:00 curfew hours nationwide, hotspots included

  • require all public indoor and outdoor venues where gatherings are permitted to close at 20:00, hotspots included

  • require venues where gatherings are permitted to operate between 09:00 and 18:00 only, hotspots included

  • cap at 50 and 100 respectively the number of people allowed to participate in any indoor or outdoor activity (subject to adherence to social distancing and health/hygiene protocols), hotspots included

  • in hotspot areas, require every business premise (including supermarkets, shops, grocery stores, produce markets and pharmacies) to limit to 50% the floor space occupied by customers and employees at any given time (subject to adherence to social distancing and health protocols)

  • in non-hotspot areas, require every business premise (including supermarkets, shops, grocery stores, produce markets and pharmacies) to calculate the number of customers and employees allowed to be present at any given time (factoring in floor space and standard social distancing protocols)

  • cap at 50% of capacity the space any small venue may open to the public (subject to adherence to social distancing and health/hygiene protocols), hotspots included

  • cap the number of attendees at a funeral to 50, limiting its duration to two hours, hotspots included

  • prohibit for two weeks:

o ‘all social gatherings’, including ‘faith-based gatherings’

o ‘gatherings at political events’ and ‘traditional council meetings’, and

o ‘gatherings at sports grounds and fields’ and in public parks

  • close all public swimming pools nationwide, except for professional training and competitions

  • close all beaches, dams, lakes and rivers to the public in all hotspots

  • allow fishermen with permits/exemptions to visit closed beaches for fishing only

  • allow beaches in non-hotspot areas to remain open to the public, but only between 06:00 and 19:00

  • make wearing a face mask mandatory and non-compliance a punishable offence

  • prohibit traditional initiation practices nationwide, although those already attending initiation schools in the Eastern Cape will be ‘allowed to complete’ the process (noting that post-initiation ceremonies are nevertheless prohibited), and

  • prohibit the sale, distribution and dispensing of alcohol for on- and off-site consumption everywhere nationwide, including at ‘registered wineries, wine farms and other similar establishments registered as micro-manufacturers’.

An amendment to the new regulations has since been gazetted, drawing a distinction between the opening hours of certain public facilities:

  • botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos may receive visitors between 09:00 and 18:00 daily, and

  • game parks between 06:00 and 18:00.

YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO READ THE REGULATIONS THEMSELVES

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