What are the latest regulations for lockdown level 3?

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Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published a directive which outline South Africa’s new lockdown rules.


  • The wearing of a cloth face mask, a homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory for every person when in a public place.

In addition, no person will be allowed to:

  • Use, operate, perform any service on any form of public transport;
  • Enter or be in a building, place or premises, including government buildings, places or premises, used by the public to obtain goods or services; or
  • Be in any public open space.

If you are undertaking "vigorous exercising" you are allowed to do so without a mask, provided that you maintain a distance of at least three metres from any other person. This is also subject to directions on what is considered to be ‘vigorous’ by the Health minister.

Employers must also provide employees with a cloth mask or appropriate face covering.In addition, an employer may not allow any employee to perform any duties or enter the employment premises if the employee is not wearing an appropriate item.

Public transport drivers, managers, owners of buildings, and employers who do enforce the above regulations will be liable to either a fine or six months imprisonment or both.

Curfew and liquor

Every person is confined to his or her place of residence from 21h00 until 04h00 daily, except where a person has been granted a permit.

The sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor is now also prohibited with immediate effect.

The transportation of liquor is prohibited, except where the transportation of liquor is:

  • In relation to alcohol required for industries producing hand sanitizers, disinfectants, soap or alcohol for industrial use and household cleaning products;
  • For export purposes; or
  • From manufacturing plants to storage facilities.


The directive states that bus and taxi services may operate under the following conditions:

  • They may not carry more than 70% of the licensed capacity for long-distance inter- provincial and permitted inter-provincial travel;
  • They may carry 100% of the licensed capacity for any trip not regarded as long-distance travel.

The directive defines long-distance travel as a trip of 200 km or more whether the travel is within a province or inter-provincial.

Cigarettes and tobacco

The directive states that:

  • The sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products to members of the public and to persons including retailers who sell directly to the members of the public, is prohibited;
  • The sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products for export, is permitted;
  • The sale of tobacco from farmers to local processors or local manufacturers, and from processors to manufacturers, is permitted.

You can find the full directive here