President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country will remain at Lockdown Level 1 during the Easter period, along with a few additional adjustments.

The president also updated the country on Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout plan during his address to the nation on 30 March 2021.

The following additional restrictions will now apply:

  • Alcohol sales for off-site consumption are prohibited from Friday, 2 April until Monday, 5 April.
  • Alcohol sales for on-site consumption at restaurants, shebeens and bars will be allowed during licensed hours up until 23:00.
  • Religious gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors. No more than 50% of the venue capacity may be used.
  • Congregants should not gather outside their normal places of worship and should not sleep over after services.

The following measures will remain unchanged:

  • The curfew is from midnight until 4am.
  • Indoor and Outdoor gatherings may not exceed 50% of venue capacity, with a maximum of 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.
  • Health protocols should be observed at gatherings including maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres between people.
  • Public recreational spaces such as beaches, parks and dams will remain open subject to strict health protocols, including: social distancing and mask-wearing.
  • Funerals remain restricted to a maximum of 100 people and with a two-hour limit on services.
  • Interprovincial travel will still be permitted.
  • Wearing a mask in public is mandatory and will be considered an offense if not adhered to.

Vaccination update

The government is finalising agreements to secure 31 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well as 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and is hoping to use this supply to vaccinate 41 million people. The country is also in negotiations with manufacturers of other vaccines such as Sinovac, Sinopharm and Sputnik V.

Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout plan is scheduled to start in mid-May, and aims to vaccinate those who are over 60 years of age as well as individuals living with co-morbidities.

Register to be vaccinated

The president announced that registrations for vaccinations is scheduled to open in April. “People will be encouraged to register online, but those without online access will be able to register in person,” the president said.

Read the president’s full speech here.