What is allowed under lockdown level 2?


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

Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing:

1. All agriculture, hunting, forestry, fishing and related services permitted

Electricity, gas and water supply:

1. All electricity, gas and water supply


1. All manufacturing scaling up towards 100% employment

Construction and related services (inc. tradespeople):

1. Civil engineering for public works projects (including water, energy, sanitation);
2. Critical public works construction;
3. Road and bridge projects;
4. Other public works civil engineering projects; and
5. Commercial building projects;
6. Private residential projects; and
7. Critical maintenance and repairs

Wholesale and retail trade, covering stores, spaza shops, eCommerce and informal traders:

1. All retail permitted, subject to directions. This includes the sale of tobacco products and alcohol (under certain regulations).

Information and communication services:

1. All telecommunication services and infrastructure;
2. Information and Communication Technology services for all private and business customers;
3. Postal services and courier services (i.e. eCommerce) related to the transport of retail goods, subject to directions

Media and entertainment services:

1. Online services;
2. Productions for local broadcast; and live streaming in support of COVID-19 subject to directions; and
3. Newspapers and broadcasting

Financial and business services:

1. Employees should work from home where possible;
2. Call centres, for local and all international markets, may operate subject to directions issued by the relevant cabinet members;
3. Essential financial services may operate subject to directions issued by the relevant cabinet member;
4. All real estate activities permitted;
5. Private security services may operate;
6. Implementation of payroll systems
7. Rental of motor vehicles, machinery and equipment, and of personal and household goods to support other Level Two services
8. Other professional services may operate only where work-from-home is not possible, and only to support other Level Two services

Accommodation and food service activities:

1. Accommodation permitted for quarantine, essential services
2. Permitted for business travel, except conferences
3. Restaurants permitted, only for take-away and delivery

Transport, storage and communication services:

1. Limited domestic air travel, with a restriction on the number of flights per day and authorisation based on the reason for travel and business travel and subject to the ports of entry arrangements
2. Ocean transport permitted only for the shipment of cargo;
3. Public rail, minibus taxi and bus services will resume at levels and on terms as will be set out in Directions, based on the progressive increase in commuter numbers during the various phases;
4. E-hailing services subject to restrictions on capacity and times, and for permitted activities only;
5. Transport and logistics in respect of specified cargo, and permitted retail goods to neighbouring countries, which shall include all goods imported via SA ports of entry, for re-export to neighbouring countries;
6. Essential imported goods will be prioritised through ports of entry and for transport and handling to final users. Directions will be issued in respect of other goods

Mining and quarrying:

1. All mining scaling up towards 100% employment

Repair and related emergency services:

1. Tow trucks and vehicle recovery services
2. All repair work, including plumbers, electricians, locksmiths, glaziers, roof repair work
3. All automobile repairs

Supply Chains:

1. Production, manufacturing, supply, logistics, transport, delivery, critical maintenance and repair concerning the rendering of permitted services including components and equipment;
2. All workplaces or premises must have care and maintenance that is essential to the prevention of the destruction or significant impairment of working areas, plant, machinery or inventory, or to permit orderly wind-down arrangements, on such conditions as may be issued using directions by the relevant cabinet members

Private households employment:

1. All private household employment permitted

Public administration, government services and other arms of the state:

1. Only essential government and administration services may operate, including:
a) Disaster management services;
b) Licensing, permitting and deeds offices, marriage certificates, birth and death certificates, and new and replacement identification documents;
c) Any other service designated by the Executive Authority, HODs, Heads of Courts, and Heads of other Chapter 9 Institutions
d) Essential municipal services;
e) Services related to the essential functioning of courts;
f) Essential SARS services defined by the Commissioner of SARS;
g) Police, peace officers, traffic officers, military medical personnel and soldiers, correctional services officials and traffic management services;
h) Services rendered by the Executive, members of Parliament, Members of the Provincial Legislature, Members of Local Councils, the Judiciary, traditional leaders and National Office Bearers of Political Parties represented in Parliament;
i) Commissioners of the South African Human Rights Commission, Gender Commission, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, the Public Protector and Deputy Public Protector and the Independent Electoral Commission

Health, social and personal services:

1. Medical and veterinary services permitted;
2. Cleaning, sanitation, pest control, sewerage, waste and refuse removal services;
3. Recycling of glass, paper & metal inc informal recyclers permitted at full capacity;
4. Laundry and dry-cleaning services permitted;
5. All Social work, counselling, care and relief activities permitted
6. Wildlife Management, Antipoaching, Animal Care and Veterinary services;
7. Funeral and cremation services, including mortuaries services and the transportation of mortal remains;
8. Trade union essential staff for workers covered by Level Two, subject to Directions

Education services:

1. Permitted on dates and schedule set out separately

Personal Movement:

1. Interprovincial travel is permitted
2. Stay at home, other than essential travel for work and to purchase goods.
3. Mandatory use of cloth masks (including home-made ones to cover nose and mask) and ensure hand hygiene when in public and at the workplace.
4. Emergencies for medical reasons.
5. Those who have an exemption to travel for funerals
6. South Africans returning home and foreign nationals leaving South Africa
7. Elderly and persons with co-morbidities are encouraged to self-isolate and only leave home for exceptional reasons.
8. Social distancing (2m away from other persons) to be applied in public when, shopping, visiting health facilities (pharmacies, clinics etc),
9. Walking, jogging and cycling permitted
10. Social distancing when using public and private transport, as per transport guidelines
11. All public gatherings are prohibited.
12. Stores to ensure that there is temperature screening of patrons, hand sanitisers available and measures to facilitate social distancing. Where the number of customers cannot be accommodated at once then measures such a ticket system and time limits per customer should be implemented instead of the physical queuing of customers.
13. Curfews will be implemented between 8 pm and 5 am

In a nutshell

Here's what will change under level 2 of the lockdown:

  • Inter-provincial travel is allowed once again
  • Accommodation, hospitality venues and tours are allowed provided that social distancing measures are taken.
  • The suspension of the sale of alcohol will be lifted subject to certain restrictions.
  • Restaurants, bars and taverns will once again be allowed to operate under strict protocols as to times of operation and number of people allowed on the premises at a time.
  • Alcohol will be permitted for on-site consumption in licensed establishments only up until 10 pm.
  • Alcohol may be served in all licensed restaurants.
  • Restrictions on the sale of tobacco will be lifted.
  • Liquor outlets will be allowed to sell alcohol for off-site consumption from Monday to Thursday during the hours of 9 am to 5 pm ONLY.
  • Restrictions on family and social visits will also be lifted, although everyone is urged to exercise extreme caution and undertake such visits only if necessary.
  • Gyms and fitness centres will reopen with strict health and safety protocols in place.
  • Parks, beaches and nature reserves will be open for outdoor activity.

The following restrictions will remain in place:

  • The use of face masks are still mandatory when in public
  • Current restrictions on international travel will remain in place.
  • No gatherings of more than 50 people will be permitted. This includes funerals and religious events.
  • Spectators will not be permitted at sporting events

Lastly, the national curfew will remain in place between the hours of 10 pm and 4 am.

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