New lockdown rules – What changed at level 4 and what to expect at level 3

May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020 Tumelo Moloi

South Africa is preparing to move from alert level 4 to alert level 3 of the national lockdown before the end of the month.

The Presidency said constituencies of the national economic development and labour council (NEDLAC) are working to achieve the country’s earliest possible migration to level 3.

This was the first in a series of consultations led by President Cyril Ramaphosa between the government and social partners on the migration to level 3.

Many provinces have also said they are eager to move to level 3, including the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said at a media briefing the province is ready to move to level 3, adding there are strong indications that all regions in KwaZulu-Natal may do so.

“However, there is a caveat for that to happen and remain that way, everyone will have to comply with all the non-pharmaceutical approaches to preventing infections,” Zikalala said.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said they will use the consultation process with Ramaphosa to put forward their position that the entire province must move down to level 3 as soon as possible, preferably before the end of May 2020.

“With our healthcare system prepared, it is simply no longer possible to maintain level 4 restrictions anywhere in the Western Cape or South Africa,” said Winde.

“The economic crisis caused by these restrictions has resulted in a life-threatening humanitarian disaster that will only worsen in the months ahead.”

Changes to level 4 regulations

Apart from relaxing lockdown rules when moving to level 3, Ramaphosa said changes to level 4 regulations will also be announced.

These will include expanding permitted business activities in the retail space and ecommerce, and reducing restrictions on exercise.

The first of these announcements happened on Thursday with regulations allowing all goods to be sold through ecommerce platforms, except for alcohol and tobacco products.

Many people also expect new regulations with more relaxed rules related to walking, jogging, and cycling to be published soon.

Additionally, the government has published new regulations which allow trade-in purchases, car lease scheme returns, and wholesale trading of used cars.

A summary of the initial level 4 lockdown rules, what has changed since 1 May, and what can be expected at level 3 is provided below.

The level 3 rules are based on a Draft Framework for Sectors document, published on 25 April, which provides an overview of which services will be allowed at the five levels.

It should be noted that this document is subject to revision and the final regulations may include changes.

Ecommerce
Level 4Only allowed for specific items
New level 4 regulationsAllowed, except for alcohol and tobacco
Level 3 expectationAllowed
Sale of ICT Equipment
Level 4Allowed
Level 3 expectationAllowed
Motor Vehicles Sales
Level 4Allowed, with restrictions
New level 4 regulationsAllowed
Level 3 expectationAllowed
Sale of Hardware
Level 4Allowed, with restrictions
New level 4 regulationsAllowed, including small-scale hardware stores
Level 3 expectationAllowed
Exercise
Level 4Walking, jogging and cycling permitted between 06:00 and 09:00
New level 4 regulationsExpected soon, with additional exercise times
Level 3 expectation*Uncertain
Postal and Courier Services
Level 4Allowed for all permitted items at level 4
New level 4 regulationsAllowed for all ecommerce items
Level 3 expectationAllowed to transport all retail goods, subject to directions
Sale of Clothing
Level 4 RegulationChildren’s and winter clothing only
New level 4 regulationsDetailed list of clothes provided [Link]
Level 3 expectationAll clothing and footwear
Household Appliances
Level 4Not allowed
Level 3 expectationAllowed
Sale of Hot Food
Level 4Only for home delivery
Level 3 expectation*Uncertain
Takeaways
Level 4Home delivery only from 09:00 and 19:00
Level 3 expectation*Uncertain (industry asking for drive-thru to be allowed)
Restaurants
Level 4Open only for food delivery between 09:00 and 19:00
Level 3 expectationOpen only for food delivery between 09:00 and 19:00
Hotels and B&Bs
Level 4Not allowed
Level 3 expectationNot allowed
Air Travel
Level 4Not allowed
Level 3 expectationLimited domestic air travel, with a restriction on the number of flights per day
Sale of Liquor/Alcohol
Level 4No sale of liquor permitted
Level 3 expectationAllowed, with restrictions
Sale of Cigarettes
Level 4Not allowed
Level 3 expectation*Uncertain
Domestic Workers and Gardeners
Level 4Not allowed (except for live-in staff and carers)
Level 3 expectationAllowed, with restrictions
Private Travel Between Provinces
Level 4Not permitted
Level 3 expectationNot permitted
Visit Family and Friends
Level 4Not permitted
Level 3 expectationNot permitted
Curfews
Level 420:00 to 05:00
Level 3 expectation20:00 to 05:00
Use of Cloth Masks
Level 4Mandatory
Level 3 expectationMandatory
E-Hailing Services (Uber and Bolt)
Level 4Yes, subject to restrictions on capacity and times
Level 3 expectationYes, subject to restrictions on capacity and times
Mass Gatherings
Level 4Not permitted
Level 3 expectationNot permitted

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