With Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the nation about changes to the lockdown strategy on Sunday night, rumours flourished about the reappearance of Level 1 regulations – which were last seen at the end of December. However, with nothing set in stone until the president makes his declaration, the vacuum of speculation widened earlier in the day.

Could South Africa go to Level 1 of lockdown on Sunday?

Should South African skip Level 2 entirely, as has been prophesised by some political leaders, it will mark a rapid recovery from a second wave that was spurred on by a new variant of COVID-19. However, the peak was reached almost two months ago – and fresh cases of coronavirus have been tumbling throughout February.

Whatever happens, we are expecting good news, and a move out of Adjusted Level 3 restrictions. So, what can South Africans expect if we enter either Level 2 or Level 1 of lockdown? We’ve got all eventualities covered here.

Level 2 and beyond – here’s what will change

Activity Allowed at Level 3 Allowed at Level 2 Allowed at Level 1
Attending a beach Not for hot-spots – Yes
– Most restrictions lifted at Level 2
Masks required, ‘closing times’ in place
Observing curfew 21:00 – 5:00 23:00 – 4:00 Curfew only imposed ‘in hot-spots’
Funeral gatherings No – Yes
– Limited to 50 people
Attendance at a funeral limited to 100 or less
Going to the cinema Yes – Yes
– Tickets must be booked online
– Limited to 50 people
100 allowed inside, 250 allowed outside
Small gatherings at a sports field No – Yes
– Only banned at Level 3
Yes
Visiting dams, lakes, rivers Not for hot-spots – Yes
– No restrictions in place at Level 2
Yes
Meeting others in parks No – Yes
– Only in place for Level 3
Up to 250 allowed in one gathering
Night-vigils No No No changes
Going to a bar or tavern No – Yes
– Limited to 50 people indoors
100 allowed inside, 250 allowed outside
Eating at a restaurant Yes – Yes
– Venues under curfew to close early
– 22:00 close at Level 2, booze allowed
100 allowed inside, 250 allowed outside.
Swimming in public pools No – Yes
– Pools closed to public for Level 3 only
Yes
Travelling abroad for leisure No No Some exceptions, but restrictions tight at Level 1
Attending a faith-based gathering No – Yes
– Limited to 50 people indoors
100 allowed inside, 250 allowed outside
Meeting in a casino Yes – Yes
– Limited to 50 people indoors
– Only 50% capacity allowed
100 allowed in attendance, 50% rule stays
Attending a wedding ceremony No – Yes
– Limited to 50 people
Maximum of 250 people allowed to attend
Museums, galleries, libraries Yes – Yes
– Groups to socially distance from others
Yes
Frequenting fitness centres / gyms Yes – Yes
– Limited to 50 people indoors
– Limited to 100 people outdoors
100 allowed in attendance, 50% rule stays
Going to a nightclub No No Outright banned, even at Level 1
Visiting a friend’s / relative’s house No (leniently enforced) – Yes
– ‘Gatherings’ discouraged at Level 3
– Capped at 10 people max for Level 2
Much more relaxed – new rules due soon

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Presh JM Reporter

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