Country enters Stage 2 Lockdown

Ramaphosa announces Stage 2 Lockdown

South Africa has entered Stage 2 Lockdown today, 18 August 2020. Restrictions on certain activities have now been eased under level 2 regulations.

The National Coronavirus Command Council, led by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma outlined activities permitted and prohibited under level two regulations. Under the new regulations, only a maximum of 50 people are allowed at funerals, weddings, gyms, swimming pools, bars, taverns, shebeens, cinemas, theatres and concert venues.

Here is a list of what is permitted and prohibited under level 2 regulations;


  • Inter-provincial travelling around South Africa
  • Sale of alcohol at off-sale and retail outlets
  • Sale of tobacco products
  • Gyms and fitness centres
  • Beaches and parks
  • Museums, galleries, libraries and archives
  • Restaurants
  • Water-based tourism activities (boat-based whale watching, scuba diving, shark cage diving, kayaking, river rafting, and speed boat rides)
  • Zoos, Aquaria, animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres
  • Swimming pools
  • Accommodation establishments
  • Tour operators
  • Casinos
  • Theatres and cinemas
  • Social events at places of residence (visits to friends and family restricted to 10 visitors at a time)
  • Social gatherings (funerals and weddings limited to 50 people)
  • Auctions
  • Sporting activities
  • Personal care services, including hairdressing, beauty treatments, make -up and nails salons and piercing and tattoo parlours
  • Bus and taxi services may carry 100-per cent of the licensed capacity for any trip not regarded as long-distance travel in terms of sub-regulation.


  • Night vigils
  • Night clubs
  • Male and female initiation practices
  • Bus and taxi services may not carry more than 70-percent of the licensed capacity for long-distance travel.
  • International travel
  • Attendance of any sporting event by spectators.

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