Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola says that South Africans will still have restricted exercise times under the country’s level 3 lockdown. The updated exercise times will now be between 06h00 – 18h00.

He added that South Africans will be required to wear masks at all times and may not exercise in groups. The 5km radius has seemingly been lifted.

This combined with the return to work of more than eight million people, means far more movement that the police will need to monitor.

Alcohol and smoking

As part of the level 3 regulatory, South Africans will now be allowed to purchase alcohol.

The regulations now state that the sale of liquor will be permitted between Monday- and Thursday and between 09h00 – 17h00. Online sales will be subject to the same times, while no liquor may be consumed onsite.

The sale of tobacco products remains prohibited.


Government has removed the country’s evening curfew (20h00 – 05h00) under the latest regulations and will allow inter-provincial travel for workers.

These workers require a permit from their place of employment to show their purpose for travelling.

Tourism and leisure

Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says her department is putting together a proposal to submit to the National Coronavirus Command Council to allow restaurants to open up more services under lockdown level 3.

In a media briefing on Saturday, she also outlined the following areas that have been opened up under Level 3:

  • Restaurants for delivery or collection of food. Restaurants with liquor licences are allowed to sell alcohol only for takeout and delivery;
  • Professional services – e.g. tourist guides, tour operators, travel agents, tourism information officers are allowed to come back to operations;
  • Professional Services, including training of nature guides and other related services that are able to ensure safe distance;
  • Public and private game farms have been opened for self-drive excursions;
  • Hiking to be done in compliance with existing guidelines and not in groups;
  • Accommodation activities are allowed, except for leisure;
  • Establishments will no longer require a letter from minister of Tourism to operate. They are required to ensure that they accommodate those in the permitted services and keep records for inspections by the department;
  • Hunting and gaming activities are also allowed.

Kubayi-Ngubane said that following economic activities remain prohibited:

  • Conferences, events, and entertainment activities (except venues that are being used in the fight against the pandemic, eg. distribution points of social relief measures);
  • Casinos;
  • Leisure travel.