UPDATED: This is what Level 3 of the lockdown will look like



Government is considering a proposal to move the country to level 3 of the national COVID-19 lockdown by the end of May, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said the government is preparing for a further easing of the lockdown and a gradual opening of the economy, from level 4 to level 3 of the lockdown.

“We will immediately begin a process of consultation with relevant stakeholders on a proposal that by the end of May, most of the country be placed on alert level 3, but that those parts of the country with the highest rates of infection remain on level 4.”

“We will make further announcements after the completion of the consultations,” said the President.

Should the announcement of a downgrade to level 3 be made, this is what will be allowed.

All COVID-19 health and safety protocols must be followed at all times, including observance of guidelines for social distancing, sanitation and hygiene, and use of appropriate personal protective equipment, like cloth face masks, as determined by the National Department of Health

People may travel to perform and acquire services only where such services cannot be provided from the safety of one’s home

A reference to a permitted level of employment must take into account the necessary social distancing guidelines as per the National Department of Health.

Leaving Home 

You must remain at home at all times, except to:

• Travel to and from work
• Attend a school or learning institution once these are opened
• Purchase goods or obtain services that are allowed at Level 3
• Exercise, between 6 am and 6 pm, and not in groups
• Move children between homes, where permitted
• Attend a place of worship

NOTE: You must wear a cloth face mask whenever in public

Going to Work

To keep workers safe, employers must:

  • Minimise the number of employees at the workplace at any given time through rotation, staggered working hours, shift systems, remote working arrangements or similar measures, to limit congestion in public transport and at the workplace.
  • Make arrangements for social distancing at work
  • Provide sanitiser or facilities for hand-washing
  • Sanitise surfaces regularly
  • Screen employees for symptoms daily and assist those at risk to seek treatment

Economic Sectors: All economic sectors are permitted to operate, except for high-risk activities that remain restricted

The following restrictions will remain in place:

  • Consumption of food and alcohol in restaurants, bars, shebeens and taverns
  • Personal care services where social distancing is not possible
  • Hotels and accommodation for leisure
  • Domestic air travel, except for essential work travel
  • Conferences, events and gatherings
  • Cinemas, theatres, museums and other entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness centres
  • Beaches, public parks, sports grounds and swimming pools

What you can buy:

  • All retail outlets will be open, with stringent health protocols in place
  • Alcohol will be sold under strict conditions, from Mondays to Thursdays between 9 am and 5 pm
  • The sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products remains prohibited

Protecting Yourself

  • Most people who are infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms
  • You may be spreading the virus without knowing it
  • Wear a mask, wash your hands regularly and keep your distance from others at all times

National Hotspots: Hotspots will be determined based on the number of active cases per 100,000 in the population, the rate of increase in active cases, and the capacity of the health system.

Special measures will apply in hotspot areas:

  • Movement in and out of hotspot areas may be restricted
  • Dedicated, multidisciplinary teams will be deployed to contain the outbreak, including epidemiologists, doctors, nurses and community health workers
  • Each hotspot will be linked to testing and quarantine facilities, and additional hospital beds where necessary
  • All contacts will be traced and isolated to prevent further transmission

Private household employment

  • All staff employed by private households may return to work, and employers must take measures to ensure a safe working environment

Special Measures for the most vulnerable

  • All those above the age of 60, and those with underlying medical conditions, should leave home only in exceptional circumstances
  • Employers should allow them to work from home where possible, or put special measures in place to facilitate their safety at work


All gatherings are prohibited, except for:

  • Places of worship with 50 people or less, depending on the size of the venue and following strict health protocols
  • Funerals, with specific restrictions
  • Workplaces, with social distancing guidelines adhered to
  • Agricultural auctions
  • Professional non-contact sports matches, but with no spectators

Residential Evictions

  • No person MAY BE EVICTED from his or her land or home during the period of Alert Level 3
  • A court may grant an eviction order, but this will be stayed and suspended until the end of Alert Level 3

Movement between provinces

Movement between provinces is prohibited, except for:

  • Carrying out work responsibilities or performing any service permitted under Alert Level 3, where a permit has been issued
  • Moving to a new place of residence
  • Moving to care for an immediate family member
  • Members of Parliament performing oversight responsibilities
  • Learners commuting to attend schools or institutions of higher learning
  • Attendance of funerals, and transportation of mortal remains
  • Obtaining medical treatment
  • Persons who are returning to their place of residence from a quarantine or isolation facility
  • Transportation of fuel, cargo and goods


You may travel to attend a funeral if you are a:

  • Spouse or partner of the deceased
  • Child of the deceased, whether biological, adopted or stepchild
  • Child-in-law of the deceased
  • Parent of the deceased, whether biological, adopted or stepparent
  • Sibling, whether biological, adopted or stepbrother or sister of the deceased
  • Grandparent of the deceased

Attendance at a funeral is limited to 50 people, and a permit must be obtained from a magistrate or police station During a funeral, all hygienic conditions and distancing measures must be followed to limit exposure of persons at the funeral to COVID-19

National Borders: All borders of the Republic remain closed, except for the transportation of goods, repatriation of South Africans and evacuation of foreign nationals.