IN BRIEF: Lockdown Alert Level 1

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Lockdown Alert Level 1 will officially begin at midnight this Sunday as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa this evening. Many of the restrictions put in place when the National State of Disaster came into effect at the end of March, have now been relaxed.

Gathering capacity increased:

200 people allowed at indoor events

500 people allowed for outdoor events

Physical exercise, recreation and entertainment venues allowed to operate at 50% capacity

Sports restrictions still as at Level 3

100 people allowed in funerals

Night vigils still not allowed


Travel restrictions eased

International travel will be allowed gradually as of 1 October

Limited amount of countries can be visited based on risk levels

Only OR Tambo, King Shaka, Cape Town International airports operational

A negative COVID-19 test result (no older than 72 hours) must be presented at airports

If test not done, the traveler must pay for compulsory quarantine

International tourists allowed to travel in but required to be screened first

Mandatory quarantine for travellers who have no proof of testing for COVID-19

All travelers required to use country’s COVID-19 alert app

Other changes

Curfew remains in places but now effective between midnight and 4am

Alcohol consumption permitted in licensed venues

Alcohol sales permitted Monday to Friday between 9am and 17pm

The UIF relief benefit remains in place until end of the national state of disaster

All long-term visas will be reinstated

Health protocols including exercising good hand hygiene and the wearing of masks are to remain in place.

The national state of disaster has been extended until mid-October.

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