President Ramaphosa has moved South Africa from Alert Level 3 to Level 2 COVID-19 lockdown. A summary of the changes are as follows:
Curfew and Movement of Persons: the mandatory curfew, on all citizens, has changed to 23h00 to 04h00, daily. Only permitted workers, in possession of a Form 7 permit, may travel outside the curfew hours. Establishments, including cinemas, theatres, casinos, museums, galleries, beaches, parks, gyms and fitness centres, bars and shebeens, and venues holding permitted events, are required to close at 22h00.
Funerals: remain restricted to a maximum of 50 persons, with a 2-hour limit on funeral services and all participants following social distancing and health protocols. Night vigils and post-funeral gatherings remain prohibited.
Education: under the amended Regulations, ECD centres remain open with social distancing measures reduced to one metre.
Sale of Alcohol: the sale of alcohol from retail outlets is now from Monday to Friday, between 10h00 and 18h00. No on-site consumption of alcohol is permitted, at licensed establishments, after 22h00.
Gatherings: are limited to 250 people indoors, and 500 people outdoors. All health protocols and social distancing measures must be observed at a gathering. In cases where the indoor or outdoor venue is not large enough to accommodate the permitted number of persons, only 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used.
Operation of the Economic Sector: all businesses may operate, subject to social distancing and health protocols and those specifically excluded by the Regulations. The specific exclusions include: night clubs, passenger ships for international leisure purposes and sporting events.
Appointment of Covid—19 Compliance Officers: under the amended Regulations, businesses are required, in terms of Regulation 51(6)(e) and Regulation 63, respectively, to assign and appoint compliance employees and a compliance officer, for purposes of adherence to Covid-19 Regulations, health protocols and social distancing measures.
Further regulations from the respective Cabinet Members may follow.