Level 3 lockdown: These are the regulations that apply from June 1
As South Africa prepares for the relaxation of lockdown restrictions, the government’s Coronavirus Command Council has clarified the new regulations which will govern the lives of citizens from June 1.
While the curfew which at Level 4 restricted people to their homes between 8pm at night and 5am in the morning has been lifted, a number of restrictions on movement remain in place.
Movement of people
People may only leave their homes for work, to procure groceries and essential services, exercise or perform any of the other activities permitted under Level 3. Visiting with family and friends, exercising in groups and attending large gatherings is still forbidden.
Pupils and tertiary students may travel between their homes and their institutions of learning. You may not move between provinces, metropolitan areas or districts except in the course of performing a service permitted under level 3, to attend a funeral, transport mortal remains, care for a sick relative or for work purposes. In each instance, a permit is required.
You may move house, but you will need a permit from the relevant authority. All those above the age of 60, and those with underlying medical conditions, should leave home only in exceptional circumstances.
Domestic workers and private carers
All domestic workers and other care workers employed in private households may return to work, as long as their employer ensures that adequate safety measures are in place.
The employer is also required to issue them with a permit.
The restriction on the hours when people can exercise have been eased, but not completely lifted.
You may now exercise at any time between 6am and 6pm, as long as it is not an organised group activity.
Gyms, exercise centres, b eaches, public parks, sports grounds and swimming pools will remain closed.
All retail outlets will be open with stringent health protocols in place. Likewise, all economic sectors are allowed to operate except those with high risk.
The consumption of food and alcohol in restaurants, bars, shebeens and taverns is still prohibited.
The sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products remains prohibited
Sale and transport of alcohol
The ban on alcohol sales has been lifted but the regulations only permit for liquor to be sold at predetermined times, and under strict conditions
Alcohol can be sold only on Monday to Thursday between 9am and 5pm. No alcohol sales are permitted on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays.
Traders will be permitted to sell alcohol for consumption off-site and the consumption of alcohol at the place of sale is prohibited.
Only funerals and religious gatherings are permitted and these are capped at 50 persons, depending on the size of the place of worship.
All health protocols and social distancing measures must be adhered to as provided for directions that have been issued by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
- Persons undertaking work responsibilities or performing a service permitted under Alert Level 3, provided they are in possession of the requisite permit.
- Persons moving to a new place of residence;
- Persons caring for an immediate family member;
- Learners or students who have to commute to and from those schools or institutions of higher learning during periods when those schools or institutions are permitted to operate.
- Persons travelling to attend funerals;
- Persons transporting mortal remains;
- Persons travelling to obtain medical treatment;
- Persons returning to their place of residence from a quarantine or isolation facility;
- Children moving between custodial parents
- Members of Parliament performing oversight responsibilities.
- OR Tambo International Airport
- Cape Town International Airport
- King Shaka International Airport, and
- Lanseria International Airport
- Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
- Polokwane International Airport
- Bram Fischer International Airport (Bloemfontein)
- Kimberley Airport
- Upington Airport
- East London Airport
- Umtata Airport
- Port Elizabeth Airport
Hotels and leisure accommodation remain closed, but the following activities that will be allowed under level 3 include:
- Professional services, such as tourist guides, tour operators, travel agents, and tourism information officers;
- Professional services, including training of nature guides and other related services able to ensure safe physical distancing;
- Public and private game farms for self-drive excursions;
- Hiking in compliance with existing guidelines and not in groups;
- Accommodation activities except for leisure, and establishments would no longer require a letter from the minister to operate. They were required to ensure that they accommodated those in the permitted services and kept records for inspections by the department; and
- Hunting and gaming activities.
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