Here are South Africa’s new lockdown rules – including changes for exercising, cinemas and more

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma has published a new directive outlining the businesses that can reopen under the country’s advanced level 3 lockdown.

The directive, published on Thursday evening (25 June), comes more than a week after president Cyril Ramaphosa announced that more businesses will be allowed to reopen.

Notably, while the directive states that business sectors such as sit-down restaurants are allowed to open, it does not provide specific directions for their reopening.

Instead, the gazette states that this information will be published in a directive at a later date ‘by the responsible cabinet minister’. A number of additional directives are also expected to provide further clarity around other sectors.

Below are some of the most important changes for businesses and individuals.

Leaving your home and exercise

The directive states that a person may leave his or her place of residence to:


All gatherings are prohibited except a gathering at:

Cinemas and theatres

Cinemas can open subject to:

Theatres can open subject to:


Cinemas can open subject to:


Restaurants are allowed to reopen subject to the strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures as provided for in directions that must be issued by the responsible cabinet member, after consultation with the minister of health.

On Thursday, Restaurants Association of South Africa chief executive officer, Wendy Alberts, called for the new regulations to allow restaurants to seat at 70% capacity and allow the consumption of alcohol on the premises.

Areas which may not open 

The following ‘specific economic exclusions’ remain in place:

Personal care services

A week ago, minister of Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, published a directive outlining the new guidelines for the personal care industry as part of South Africa’s revised level 3 lockdown rules.

The directive stated that the following categories of services that are deemed safe to resume operations:

You can read the full directive below.

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