26 MARCH 2020 @13H50

We all have a part to play in fighting the spread of the virus.

  • The national lockdown strengthens our fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
  • All South Africans will have to stay at home from 27 March to 16 April 2020.
  • You can only be outside of your home to acquire food, essential goods or while seeking medical attention.
  • The movement between provinces, metropolitan and district areas is prohibited.
  • All gatherings are banned expect for funerals which is limited to 50 people. No night vigils will be allowed.
  • No liquor will be sold during the 21-day period of the lockdown.
  • The movement of liquor is strictly prohibited.
  • All borders will be closed except for the transportation of food and essential goods.
  • All foreign tourists who arrived prior to or after the lockdown are to remain in their place of temporary residence.



Essential services keeps our nation functioning.


  • Essential services are services that if interrupted would endanger the life, health or personal safety of the population.
  • It includes the provision of basics such as food, medicine, healthcare, energy and fuel to be available.
  • Essential businesses, and those suppliers that support them will continue to remain open as part of essential services.
  • Government services such as the provision of birth and death certificates, and replacement of ID documents are also available.
  • It ensures the municipal services such as waste-removal and sanitation are provided.
  • The police, security and emergence services, and the courts are also an essential service.


People exempted from the lockdown are all those working in the essential services.


  • They include the following categories:
  • Pharmaceutical, Medical, Health, Laboratory Services.
  • Disaster Management and Emergence Services.
  • Financial Services.
  • Producers of food and essential products including hygiene products.
  • Grocery stores and spaza shops.
  • Energy, water, gas and fuel production supply and maintenance.
  • Essential government services.
  • Birth and death certificates, and replacement of ID documents
  • Essential municipal services.
  • Care services to the vulnerable.
  • Funeral services, including mortuaries.
  • Media and telecoms services.
  • Sanitation and refuse removal services.
  • Courts and judicial officers.
  • Police and security services.
  • Postal services and the courier of medical products.
  • Transport of people rendering essential services.
  • Transport and logistics of essential goods.


A full list of essential services under the State of Disaster Lockdown Regulations can be found here:


The transportation of essential goods and workers providing essential services is allowed.


  • Buses, minibus taxis, private cars and e-hailing services will be allowed to transport essential services workers between 5am – 9am and 4pm and 8pm.
  • These vehicles must not carry more than 50 per cent of the licenced capacity and limit the exposure of persons to COVID-19.
  • All long-distance passenger rail services, both public and private, will stop operations for the duration of the lockdown.
  • All commuter rail services will shut down for the duration of the lockdown including Metrorail and Gautrain services.
  • All air and maritime passenger services are prohibited except for the transportation of essential cargo.
  • All cross-border road passenger movements will be prohibited for the duration of the lockdown.
  • Should your driver’s licence expire during the duration of the lockdown it shall be deemed to remain valid until the end of the lockdown.
  • A 14-day grace period will be granted for renewal of licences which expire during the lockdown.



What will be closed?

  • Public Parks
  • Swimming Pools and Beaches.
  • Fetes, flea markets and bazaars
  • Night clubs
  • Casinos
  • Taverns, Shebeens, Shisanyama
  • Only grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open in shopping malls.
  • Religious, cultural and sporting venues.


What remains open or still operating?

  • Supermarkets
  • Food shops
  • Pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Petrol stations
  • Post offices
  • Banks
  • JSE
  • Police
  • Military
  • Emergency services
  • Doctors
  • Security services
  • Courts



  • Be reasonable and co-operate so we can beat this virus
  • Stay at home from 27 March to 16 April 2020.
  • If you go out to acquire food, essential goods or while seeking medical attention avoid contact with others wherever possible and make your trip as short as possible.
  • Obey all instructions by law enforcement officials.
  • Continue to report incidents of Gender Based Violence to 0800 150 150.
  • Continue to report all forms of crime to 10111.
  • Find creative ways to keep yourself occupied while in lockdown.
  • Use common sense and persuade others to do the same




  • Do anything irresponsible that would risk your life as well as that of others.
  • Attempt to move between provinces, metropolitan and district areas.
  • Attempt to procure liquor or travel with liquor during the lockdown.
  • Attempt to renew your drivers licence during the lockdown.
  • Attempt to visit public parks, swimming pools and beaches.
  • Attempt to visit taverns, shebeens or shisanyamas.
  • Venture outside your house in groups.