South Africa Returns To Covid-19 Lockdown Level 2
31 May 2021

By eNCA – President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved South Africa back to Lockdown level 2.

The President announced on Sunday after discussions with the cabinet.

Under the Level 2 restrictions:

  • It remains mandatory for every person to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times when in public spaces. It is a criminal offence not to do so.
  • The hours of curfew will start at 11 pm and end at 4 am.
  • Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will need to close by 10 pm.
  • All gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used.
  • Funerals remain restricted to no more than 100 people, and, as before, night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and ‘after tears gatherings are not allowed.
  • This includes religious services, political events and social gatherings, as well as restaurants, bars, taverns and similar places.

“While the country is headed towards the third wave of infections, we do not yet know how severe this wave will be or for how long it will last,” the President said.