Adjusted Level 3 – Leisure travel to and from Gauteng travel reopens

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a number of changes to lockdown regulations on 25 July 2021, including the reopening of inter-provincial travel for leisure, meaning that after 28 days of closed borders, residents in Gauteng can once again move between provinces. 

The President announced that while some restrictions can be relaxed due to satisfactory declines in daily COVID-19 infection rates, some measures remain in place that will complicate travel to and from Gauteng to a certain extent, including curfew times and transport capacities. 

Here is what you need to know about adjusted Alert Level 3: 


The hours of the curfew will begin at 10pm and end at 4am. 

Non-essential establishments like restaurants, taverns, bars and fitness centres can open. These establishments will, however, need to close by 9pm to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew. 


Gatherings will be allowed but will be limited to a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. 

Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used. 

Gatherings include religious services, political events and social gatherings. 

The limits on venue capacity also apply to restaurants, gyms, fitness centres, bars, taverns and similar places. 

Attendance at funerals and cremations may not exceed 50 people and all social distancing and health protocols must be observed. 

Night vigils and after-funeral gatherings are not allowed. 

Alcohol sales 

The sale of alcohol from retail outlets for off-site consumption will be permitted between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Thursday. 

Alcohol sales for on-site consumption will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 8pm. 

The wearing of masks in public 

It remains mandatory for every person to wear a face mask that always covers their nose and mouth at all times when in public spaces. 

To read the updated regulations click here. To read the President’s full speech click here