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BREAKING: National lockdown update

Curfew is lifted + other good news

Latest update: Friday, 31 December 2021



  • Curfew has been lifted with immediate effect
  • South Africa remains at level 1, although adjusted
  • Gatherings are restricted to 1 000 people indoors and 2 000 people outdoors
  • Alcohol establishments that have licences to operate beyond 11pm can revert to full licence conditions
  • Department of Health will issue vaccination certificates

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



Celebrate! The curfew has been lifted – no more mad rush to get back home by midnight. This follows meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC), which received updates on the management of the current 4th wave of Covid-19 in South Africa, which is mainly being driven by the Omicron variant. All indicators suggest the country may have passed the peak of the fourth wave at a national level, the cabinet stated. 

It is still mandatory to wear masks in public places, and failure to do so when required remains a criminal offence. South Africans are urged to continue observing basic health protocols to prevent the transmission of the virus.



Adjusted Level 1 restrictions are effective from Friday, 31 December 2021. Here are the adjustments:

  • Curfew has been lifted. 

  • Interprovincial travel for leisure is allowed. 

  • Alcohol establishments that have licences to operate beyond 11pm can revert back to full licence conditions

  • Non-essential establishments are allowed to open. This includes restaurants, taverns, bars and gyms.

  • Gatherings are restricted to no more than 1 000 people indoors and no more than 2 000 outdoors. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used. All other restrictions remain in place. 

  • 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 land you in jail.



Here’s how South African’s will be able to travel in lockdown

Here are some restaurants that are offering takeouts during lockdown.


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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.  


There is an app available that uses no data to download and alert you if you have been exposed to the virus. Everyone with a smartphone can download the contact tracing app

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