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With President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing that a number of our country’s lockdown regulations will be relaxed as we move to a level 1 lockdown from midnight on Sunday (20 September), many people are rejoicing at the prospect of getting back to some sense of normality.

With the number of coronavirus cases decreasing steadily, and level 1 being implemented, the following restrictions will be eased:


  • Gatherings will be allowed as long as the number of people do not exceed 50% of the normal capacity of a venue –  up to a maximum of 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings;
  • Maximum capacity at funerals has been increased to 100 people;
  • Night vigils are still prohibited;
  • Venues such as gyms and recreational facilities have had limits increased to 50% of total capacity;
  • Existing restrictions on sporting events remain in place.


  • The government will gradually ease restrictions on international travel for business and leisure from 1 October – subject to containment measures. A list of permitted countries will be published based on the latest scientific data;
  • International travel will only be allowed through the main border ports or through OR Tambo International, Cape Town International, or King Shaka International;
  • Travelers will need to provide a negative coronavirus certificate or will be put into quarantine at their own cost;
  • All travelers will be required to install the Covid-19 alert level app.

Other Changes:

  • The evening curfew will apply between 00h00 and 04h00;
  • Alcohol for home consumption can be sold between 09h00 – 17h00 from Monday to Friday;
  • On-site consumption will be allowed subject to adherence to the curfew;
  • More government facilities will return.

The data now shows a clear downward trend in the country in our fight against the Coronavirus, however, we must still remain cautious and act responsibly. The most important task right now is ensuring that the country is not hit by a second wave of infections as is being seen internationally.

Author – Benita Ardenbaum

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