After Thursday 30 April, South Africa should begin a gradual and phased recovery of economic activity. This means taking a cautious approach to the easing of current lockdown restrictions, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thurday 23 April 2020.

Five COVID-19 alert levels:

There will be a national level and separate levels for each province, district and metro in the country. This is to ensure that the response to the pandemic can be as precise and targeted as possible.

Level 5: Drastic measures are required to contain the spread of the virus to save lives.

Level 4: Some activity can be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions required to limit community transmission and outbreaks.

Level 3: Involves the easing of some restrictions, including on work and social activities, to address a high risk of transmission.

Level 2: Further easing of restrictions, but the maintenance of physical distancing and restrictions on some leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Level 1: Most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.

See what each level means for different sectors in the document below.