President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again addressed South Africa on the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown that has been in place since March. 
The extension of the National State of Disaster to September 15 will allow government to continue to respond effectively to the threat of the virus to public health, our healthcare system and the economy

Ramaphosa noted that, while infection rates are slowing, over 11 000 citizens have lost their battle with the virus since the first case was announced. The president says that every indication points to SA having already reached peak infections with projections showing positive signs for the nation's progress.

The president announced that SA will be moving to Level 2 of the lockdown with effect from Monday evening at midnight. This means that nearly all restrictions will effectively be eased with Ramaphosa announcing the following changes: 

  • Inter-provincial travel is now permitted 
  • The hospitality industry is now permitted to open 
  • Restaurants, bars and taverns are permitted to open 
  • The ban on tobacco and liquor has also been lifted 
  • Large gatherings remain banned 
  • International travel still subjected to restrictions 
  • The curfew between 10pm and 4am remains in place 

As South Africa moves to lockdown Level 2 on August 18, prohibitions on the sale of alcohol & tobacco products will be lifted. Gyms & fitness centres will be permitted to reopen. Appropriate restrictions & safety precautions will apply to protect public health.

Inter-provincial travel is now permitted

Inter-provincial travel is now permitted 

Under Level 2 of the nationwide lockdown, leisure travel between provinces will once again be permitted. Small social gatherings can also take place, with appropriate precautions & hygiene protocols to minimise coronavirus transmission.

Public spaces may be used for outdoor activity under Level 2 of the nationwide lockdown, but restrictions on social gatherings remain to minimise the potential for coronavirus transmission.

As South Africa enters Level 2 of the lockdown on August 18, hotels & other accommodation provides will be permitted to host leisure travellers under strict health & safety protocols

Under Level 2 of the nationwide lockdown, licensed restaurants will be allowed to serve alcohol. All establishments must observe the nightly curfew & maintain strict health & safety protocols to protect diners & staff.