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Alcohol and Beach Bans Lifted in South Africa

South Africans are tonight toasting President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that although the country will remain on Level 3 Alert, several restrictions are being eased. Alcohol sales and restaurant consumption is again allowed. Beaches and parks are open once more. Here are more details on the revisions…


  • Alcohol sales from retail outlets will be permitted from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm
  • On-site consumption of alcohol will be permitted at licensed outlets from 10am to 10pm
  • Wine farms and micro-breweries may sell alcohol for off-site consumption during their normal operating hours.

New Curfew Hours

  • New curfew hours are from 11pm to 4am
  • Apart from permitted workers, no person may be outside their place of residence during curfew
  • Non-essential establishments, including restaurants and bars, must close at 10pm


  • Most indoor and outdoor gatherings will be prohibited. This includes social gatherings, political events, traditional council meetings and gatherings at sports grounds.
  • Funerals may not be attended by more than 50 people, and there needs to be social distancing, hand sanitising and mask wearing.
  • Religious gatherings are now permitted subject to limitations on the size of the gathering and adherence to health protocols.
  • For religious and other permitted gatherings – such as restaurants, museums and gyms – no more than 50 people are permitted indoors and no more than 100 people outdoors, and may not exceed more than 50% of a venue’s capacity.
  • Beaches, dams, rivers, parks and swimming pools are open subject to social distancing and health protocols.

Mandatory mask wearing

  • Wearing a cloth mask or similar covering over the nose and mouth is mandatory when in public.
  • Any person who does not wear a mask in a public place will be committing an offence. On conviction, they will be liable to a fine and/or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months.

The President said that while new infections are declining, South Africans need to remain alert.

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