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  • New regulations have been published, which will open cinemas, museums and restaurants (for sit-down meals) - but not just yet.
  • You can now exercise with three more people - but gyms must remain closed. 
  • Organised groups of up to four people may exercise together between 06:00 and 18:00.
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Late on Thursday night, government gazetted a set of amendments to the primary rules that govern lockdown – which came into effect immediately.

You may now leave your home to meet up to three friends and exercise as an organised group between 06:00 and 18:00, provided that you maintain social distancing.

The other big changes are that sit-down meals will now be allowed in restaurants – and that casinos, conferences, cinemas, museums and libraries can reopen in the new advanced Level 3 stage of the national lockdown.

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But the new regulations stipulate that these facilities can only reopen when safety protocols have been published.

While not specifically excluded in the new regulations, a tweet from the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs indicated that restaurants may not be able to serve alcohol when they do open:

According to the regulations, drinking in bars, taverns and shebeens remains illegal.

Here's what else you need to know about the new regulations:

Only 50 people will be allowed in cinemas and theatres

While specific safety rules are still awaited, Cogta says only 50 people may be in a cinema and the theatre at a time. For cinemas, tickets must be sold “through a booking system”.

You can now train in a small group

You can now exercise with three other people between 06:00 to 18:00.

Contact sports will be allowed

But this will be for “training” only, and subject to new rules from the department of health - which have not yet been published.

What remains banned:

  • Gyms must remain closed. (Sports fields and swimming pools can be open for training of professional athletes and non-contact sports matches.)
  • Fêtes and bazaars as well as night clubs must remain closed.
  • Accommodation in private homes, like Airbnb, remained banned.
  • Beaches and public parks are also off limits.
  • Domestic passenger air travel, as well as passenger ships, for leisure purposes, are out of bounds.

Movement between provinces remains prohibited, with a number of exceptions, including work, funerals, caring for an immediate family member, and school or university.

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