An emotional  President Cyril Ramaphosa  announced  a return to  adjusted Lockdown Level 3 restrictions from Level 1 with immediate effect on Monday night. He pleaded with South Africans to protect themselves and others or face the consequences.

“Unless we act now and unless we act decisively, the number of new infections will far exceed what we experienced during the first wave and thousands more people will lose their lives.”

Here’s what you can and can’t do under the new Lockdown Level 3 restrictions: 

CURFEW from 9pm- 6am

  • No New Year’s Eve parties this year.
  • Essential workers can only go out with a permit.
  • If its a security or medical emergency, you are allowed out.
  • No visiting other households.
  • Non- essential businesses including shops, restaurants and all cultural venues must close at 8pm.



  • Everyone must wear a mask  covering the nose and mouth in all public places. A fine or arrest for those who don’t.
  • From 6am to 9pm you can exercise, shop and go to work.
  • All parks, sports grounds, rivers, dams, swimming pools are closed, Exception -Botanical Gardens if they have access control.
  • Zoos, Aquariums, Hotels, Lodges and B&B’s remain open.
  • Picnics and other gatherings are not allowed.
  • No alcohol sales allowed and no drinking in public places like parks and beaches.
  • No religious gatherings.
  • Funerals limited to 50 social distanced people.
  • No social gatherings.
  • Visits to older persons residential facilities are prohibited.
  • All beaches closed.
  • Nightclubs, bars, taverns, shebeens closed.
  • Most other businesses may continue to stay open if all health protocols and social distancing measures are taken.
  • All business premises, including shops can only allow 50% of their capacity based on floor space.


You can 

  • cross  provincial borders.
  • fly within SA and overseas.
  • travel to work (curfew permitting) – this includes domestic staff and carers.
  • catch taxis etc – 100% capacity for local; 70% for long distance (over 200km).


You can still

  • exercise in the streets and gyms.
  • walk your dogs.



The main difference between hotspot restrictions and other areas is the ban on beaches, dams, lakes, and rivers in 26 districts listed here:

  • Gauteng – the West Rand District, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, and Johannesburg are declared hotspots.
  • Eastern Cape – Chris Hani District, Buffalo City, Amathole District, Alfred Nzo District and the OR Tambo District. These are in addition to Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and the Sarah Baartman District, which have already been declared hotspots.
  • Western Cape – the West Coast District, Overberg District, Winelands District, Cape Town, Central Karoo District. This is in addition to the Garden Route District.
  • KwaZulu-Natal – eThekwini, Umgungundlovu District, Ugu District, Harry Gwala District, King Cetshwayo District and Ilembe District. 
  • North West – Bojanala District
  • Limpopo – the Waterberg District and the Capricorn District

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  • So you have Covid-19, now what? Read more
  • Family friendly  places to visit in Gauteng. Call to confirm opening times.


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