4 new lockdown changes for South Africa


Government has published a series of directives which update the country’s lockdown rules in a number of areas, including the opening of pre-schools and visiting old-age homes.

With President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly set to announce a move to a level 1 lockdown this week, the directives further relax restrictions and provide clarity on lingering issues such as visitations.

These new lockdown rules are outlined in more detail below.

Old age homes and retirement villages 

Social Development minister Lindiwe Zulu has published a new directive which provides further clarity around visits to old age homes and frail care facilities.

Visits to old age homes have been prohibited since the country first moved into lockdown at the end of March as older citizens are seen as being most at-risk to the coronavirus.

The latest directive confirms that visits are now permitted, provided that:

Pre-schools, aftercare, and early childhood development programmes

Zulu also clarified that early childhood development programmes and partial care facilities may be reopened subject to health and safety measures being in place.

Some of the main conditions include:


Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has gazetted a directive which expands the circumstances when international flights are allowed. These include:

The directive also further opens up which activities are permitted for general aviation, including recreational aviation.


Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Ronald Lamola has published a directive which provides for the running of the country’s courts under both a level 2 and level 1 lockdown.

While the directive sets outs the well-understood health protocols which need to be followed, it also updates a number of the existing regulations, including: