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  • The new regulations for lockdown level 2 have just been gazetted. 
  • There are still restrictions on alcohol sales from bottle stores, but you can order a drink at a restaurant or bar over the weekend.
  • You can now have up to 10 friends over to your house.
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While you won't be able to buy alcohol from a bottle store over the weekend, you may order drinks in a restaurant and a bar until 22:00 on weekends.

This is according to the new regulations for lockdown level 2, which was gazetted on Monday.

Under level 2, all companies can now do business in South Africa - apart from nightclubs, and international passenger ships, which remain prohibited.

Level 2 kicks in at midnight.

Here's what you need to know about the now-formal rules for Alert Level 2.

Alcohol sales

The sale of liquor by a licensed premises for off-consumption is permitted from 09:00 to 17:00, from Mondays to Thursdays. That means liquor stores are closed on Fridays, weekends, and public holidays. But you can buy alcohol at a licensed premises for on-site consumption over the weekend until the curfew of 22:00, so you can drink at a restaurant or bar over the weekend.

See also | You may want to check the expiry date on that beer before you pay

No more tobacco ban

Level two has no provisions on tobacco, which means no restrictions or limits on the sale of cigarettes, vaping liquid, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, or anything associated with those products.

Curfew rules

The curfew runs from 22:00 to 04:00, unless you have a permit to perform an essential service, or if you are attending to a security or medical emergency.


You are still not allowed to be in a public place, use any form of public transport, or enter a public building, place or premises, if you are not wearing a face mask.


Weddings are now allowed - but only up to 50 people. Attendance at a funeral is also still limited to 50 persons, and night vigils are still not allowed.

Sport matches

No spectators are allowed, nor international fixtures.

Social events

You can have friends over, but only up to 10 visitors can come to your house.

Hotels, guesthouses - and Airbnb 

Leisure accommodation is now allowed, even if you are from another province - "subject to a restriction on the number of persons allowed in such establishments to not more than 50 percent of the available floor space, with patrons observing a distance of at least one and half metres from each other".

For the first time since the start of the lockdown on March 27th, Airbnb establishments are also now permitted to do business again.

Concerts and entertainment events

Only 50 people are permitted at an event, or in a cinema.


Only up to 50 people may be admitted to a gym. The same applies to sports grounds and fields as well as swimming pools.

Leisure activities

Beaches and public parks can open for all activities.

Nightclubs must stay closed

While bars, taverns, shebeens, and similar establishments can open - with a limitation of 50 persons or less, nightclubs must remain closed.

See also | It’s official: bars can open, but nightclubs – and only nightclubs – still closed


International passenger air travel for leisure purposes and passenger ships for international leisure remain prohibited. But all restrictions on inter-provincial have been lifted - including leisure travel.

Initiation practices are still banned

For the duration of the national state of disaster male and female initiation practices are prohibited.

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