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BREAKING: National lockdown update

Spectators allowed into sporting events + more level 1 good news

Latest update: Tuesday, 12 October 2021



  • South Africa at level 1

  • Spectators now allowed at sporting events

  • Alcohol sales for on-site and off-site consumption allowed from Monday - Friday until 11pm

  • Curfew time extended to midnight 

  • Department of Health will issue vaccination certificates

  • Gatherings of up to 750 people indoors and 2000  outdoors 

Find out more news, Covid-19 stats and encouraging updates



Stadiums and other sporting venues will now be allowed to welcome spectators after an amendment to the National Disaster Management Act on the 10th of October. Prior to this change, only journalists, TV crews and emergency personnel were permitted to be present at sporting events. The latest amendment to lockdown regulations comes after a significant decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases, reopening of international travel and the rollout of vaccine certificates.




Alert Level 1 restrictions are effective from Friday, 1 October 2021. 

  • Curfew hours are from 12am - 4am. All non-essential establishments should close by 11pm.

  • Interprovincial travel for leisure is allowed.

  • The sale of alcohol for on-site consumption is allowed up to 11pm.

  • The sale of alcohol for off-site consumption is allowed between Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm.

  • Non-essential establishments are allowed to open. This includes restaurants, taverns, bars and gyms. However, these establishments must close by 11pm to allow their employees and customers time to get home.

  • Gatherings are allowed to a maximum of 750 indoors and 2000 outdoors. This includes religious services, political events and social gatherings. If the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers, venues cannot use more than 50% of the capacity.

  • Funerals and cremations are allowed, but all social distancing and health protocols must be followed and attendance may not exceed 100 people.

  • Night vigils or other gatherings happening before or after funerals are not permitted.

  • Public spaces like beaches and parks are open.

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory when in public spaces. Not wearing a mask in public could get you a fine or in jail.




South Africa moved to alert level 1 from Friday 1 October, which means restrictions have been eased on alcohol sales, gatherings and curfew hours. 

 “It can be used to facilitate travel, access to establishments and gatherings and other forms of activity that require proof of vaccination status, President Ramaphosa said in his recent address.



You are allowed to present yourself at a vaccine sites without an appointment, however pre-registration will help speed up the process: 

  • You will need internet access on a smartphone, tablet or computer
  • You can apply to register online via 

  • You can use your South African ID number, passport number or refugee number

  • Once you have registered you will receive an SMS directing you to the nearest vaccination site to your place of residence



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