President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move back to Lockdown Level 1 effective immediately.

The easing of the Lockdown regulations come as the country’s COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospital admissions continue to decline significantly. “The country has now clearly emerged from the second wave,” Ramaphosa said in his address to the nation on 28 February 2021.

“This dramatic decline in cases over eight weeks is due to a combination of the public health measures introduced, changes in behaviour and accumulating immunity in those who became infected in our communities. We were able to emerge from the second wave because most people adhered to the tighter restrictions and observed the basic health protocols, including wearing masks in public and social distancing.”

The following measures now apply:

· The curfew is from midnight until 4am.

· Indoor and Outdoor gatherings may not exceed 50% of venue capacity, with a maximum of 100 people inside and 250 people outside.

· Health protocols should be observed at gatherings including maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres between people.

· Alcohol sales are permitted as normal, but may not be sold during the curfew.

· Wearing a mask is mandatory and will be considered an offense if not adhered to.

· The 33 land border posts that have been closed throughout this period will remain closed, while the other 20 will remain open.

· Only five airports will be open for international travel with standard infection control measures. This includes Cape Town International Airport.

Read the president’s full speech and view the latest Gazette.