Unconditional sale of liquor will only be permitted when we reach Level 2

The unconditional sale of liquor will only be permitted when South Africa reaches Level 2 of its “risk adjusted strategy”.

Details of the country’s five-level economic reopening were released on Saturday, including when which industries will be allowed to return to work. South Africa will be moving from Level 5 to 4 on May 1st.

Cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma warned that if there was a sudden surge in infections, South Africa – or the most-affected parts of the country – could move back to a stricter level.

Here are details about what will be allowed under the various lockdown levels:

Lockdown level 5

  • Food-related industries, energy provision services and certain manufacturing for retail products permitted.
  • Sale of any food product, including non-alcoholic beverages, personal hygiene and cleaning products permitted.
  • Sale of tobacco products, liquor and cooked hot food prohibited.
  • Restaurants, take-away, bars and shebeens remain closed.
  • Taxis, buses and e-hailing services permitted with restrictions on capacity and operating times.
  • Mining at 50% capacity, except for coal mining at 100%.
  • Everyone stays at home, expect for essential service personnel and for buying groceries.
  • Air travel, and inter-provincial travel prohibited.
  • Daily curfew between 20:00 and 5:00.

Lockdown level 4

  • All agriculture-related, energy provision, and manufacturing (but with limits on how many workers may return) permitted.
  • Certain construction activities allowed, including public works, building of road and bridges, and repairs.
  • The sale of hot, cooked food permitted, for delivery only.
  • Sale of hardware components for emergency repairs, and components sales to essential services permitted.
  • Sale of stationery, children’s books, personal ICT equipment such as laptops and mobile phones, and tobacco products permitted.
  • Restaurants, and fast food outlets permitted to return to work for food deliveries only
  • Open-cast mining to 100% capacity, 50% for other mining-related activities.
  • Domestic workers may work as support staff for those who are to return to work at Level 4.
  • Exercise such as running and cycling permitted but under strict conditions, and not in groups.
  • Daily curfew between 20:00 and 5:00.

Lockdown level 3

  • All workers will be allowed to return to factories – subject to certain restrictions.
  • Commercial construction may resume.
  • Sale of hot, cooked food remains prohibited, except for deliveries.
  • Alcohol sales from stores on Mondays to Wednesday, between 08:00 to midday. But no alcohol on sale in restaurants, bars and shebeens.
  • Real estate sector allowed back.
  • Limited domestic air, with a restriction on number of flights and for specific reasons of travel.
  • All mining at 100% capacity.
  • Gardening and swimming pool services resume.
  • Recycling, laundry and dry cleaning services permitted.
  • Daily curfew between 20:00 and 5:00.

Lockdown level 2

  • All retail allowed – including alcohol, but subject to “directives”.
  • All manufacturing allowed to operate at 100% employment.
  • Construction of commercial and residential projects.
  • All retail sales permitted, including liquor.
  • Business travel permitted, except for conferences.
  • All repair work permitted.
  • All private household employment permitted.
  • Interprovincial travel permitted.
  • Daily curfew between 20:00 and 5:00.

Lockdown level 1

  • All construction projects permitted.
  • All postal services and courier services such as e-commerce permitted.
  • All financial and business services permitted.
  • Accommodation services permitted.
  • Restaurants, including sit-down, permitted.
  • All air travel and ocean travel permitted.
  • All public administration and government services permitted.
  • Personal services like hair salons, spas and beauticians permitted.
  • Recreational, cultural and sporting activities and facilities permitted at a phased reopening.
  • No limitation on personal movement.
  • Public gatherings remain prohibited.

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