The adjusted level 3 lockdown regulation was announced on 01 February 2021 by President Cyril Rhamaphosa and are as follows:
- The hours of the curfew are now from 23h00 – 04h00. Businesses such as restaurants will need to close by 22h00 to accommodate travelling for staff and customers;
- Faith- and religious-based gatherings will now be permitted, subject to health protocols. This includes a limit of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors;
- Public places such as beaches and parks will be reopened, subject to health protocols;
- Alcohol sales are permitted, with off-sites sales permitted between Monday and Thursday between 10h00 and 18h00. On-site sales, at places such as restaurants, are permitted throughout the week between 10h00 and 22h00;
- Political, sports and other gatherings are still not permitted;
- Funerals may not be attended by more than 50 people;
- It remains compulsory for every South African to wear a mask in a public place.
Opening up of land borders
Following a prolonged closure/partial closure of all land borders to neighbouring countries, the government has now fully reopened 20 of its land border crossings.
The regulations state that the 20 land borders which were partially operational will be fully operational and the 33 land borders which were closed will remain closed.
Travelling to and from South Africa over these borders are now allowed, subject to certain restrictions.
Daily commuters from neighbouring countries are required to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, including:
- COVID-19 screening and quarantine where necessary.
- The wearing of a face mask.
- Sanitisation and social distancing measures.
International air travel remains restricted to OR Tambo, King Shaka, and Cape Town International Airports.