South Africa will enter Level 3 lockdown with effect from 1 June 2020 (“Level 3 Lockdown”). During level 3 Lockdown all sectors of the economy will be opened, except for the following –

  • personal care services which includes hairdressing, beauty treatments, make up and nail salons, piercing and tattoo parlours;
  • consumption of food and alcohol in restaurants and bars, shebeens and taverns;
  • cinemas, theatres, museums and entertainment venues;
  • hotels, lodges, bed-and-breakfasts, guesthouses, timeshare facilities and resorts;
  • gyms and fitness centres; and
  • conference facilities, events and gatherings.

Alcohol may be sold at any licensed premises or through e-commerce (online) from Monday to Thursday during the hours of 09:00 to 17:00. No alcohol may be sold on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

The transportation and distribution of alcohol to and from licensed premises will be permitted from 29 May 2020.

The sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products remains prohibited.

During the Level 3 Lockdown you may leave your place of residence to attend to the following activities –

  • travel to and from work;
  • buy goods or obtain services permitted under the Level 3 Lockdown;
  • move children between co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights or caregivers;
  • attend a place of worship in the same or another metropolitan area or district, limited to 50 (fifty) person or less; and
  • attend a school or learning institution.

Individuals are required to wear a cloth face mask or a home-made item that covers the nose and mouth when in a public place, entering a public building, place or residence or when utilising public transport.

Individuals may move between provinces or metropolitan areas, districts and hotspots identified by the government if they –

  • do so in the course of carrying out work responsibilities or performing services permitted under Level 3 Lockdown;
  • carry a services permit issued by their employer;
  • are moving to a new place of residence;
  • are caring for an immediate family member;
  • commuting to and from school or institutions of higher learning;
  • are attending a funeral;
  • transporting mortal remains;
  • obtaining medical treatment; or
  • are returning to their home from a quarantine or isolation facility.

Individuals travelling between provinces or metropolitan areas, districts and hotspots identified by the government are required to be in possession of a sworn affidavit by the person travelling, setting out the relevant reason for travelling.

Individuals are allowed to exercise between 06:00 and 18:00, provided that it is not done in organised groups and social distancing measures are adhered to.

A person may not be evicted from their land or their home during the Level 3 Lockdown, however a court may grant an order for the eviction of a person from their land or home provided that the eviction order is stayed and suspended until the last day of the Level 3 Lockdown. However, if the court is of the opinion that it is not just and equitable to stay the eviction order, the court may at its discretion execute such order.

The following gatherings are allowed under the Level 3 Lockdown:

  • funerals;
  • faith based institutions which is limited to 50 (fifty) persons or less;
  • a workplace for work purposes;
  • an agricultural auction; and
  • professional non-contact sports matches which can only include the players, match officials, journalists, medical crew and television crew.

The following premises remain closed to the public during the Level 3 Lockdown –

  • sports grounds and fields and swimming pools, except for training of professional athletes and professional non-contact sports matches;
  • bazaars and fêtes;
  • night clubs;
  • casinos;
  • private and public game reserves;
  • private homes for paid leisure accommodation (Airbnb); and
  • beaches and public parks.

During the Level 3 Lockdown the following persons may enter or exit South African borders –

  • people who need emergency medical attention for life-threatening conditions;
  • the evacuation of a South African national or permanent resident;
  • repatriation of a foreign national to his or her country of nationality or permanent residence;
  • the return of a South African national or permanent resident to his or her place of employment, study or residence outside South Africa; or
  • those that need to commute on a daily basis from neighbouring countries who attend schools and educational institutions in South Africa.
  • any other factor relevant for the purposes of containment of COVID-19.

Constant assessments will be done by the government of each metropolitan area or district regarding its infection rate. The spread of the infection will be monitored by the government and if the spread cannot be contained, the government may make a decision to return certain metropolitan areas or districts back to lockdown level 4 or even level 5.


Published: 29 May 2020