Level 4 lockdown restrictions and conditions: All you need to know

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has outlined the restrictions and conditions that will be in place during level 4 lockdown that starts on 1 May.

At a media briefing on Saturday, Dlamini-Zuma said although relatively more people would be allowed to go back to work under level 4, a significant number restrictions would still remain to limit the rate of COVID-19 infections.

She said, “When we move down to level 4 and we do not stick to the public health restrictions and conditions and the virus [infection rate] starts speeding up, the government would have no option but to move very swiftly back to level 5.”

Level 4 permissions: A summary


The following conditions on movement will be in place:

  • It will be mandatory for all South Africans to wear cloth masks whenever they leave their homes.
  • Screenings in public spaces and workplaces.
  • Hygiene and social distancing.
  • 8pm – 5am curfew.

Wholesale and retail

The sale of the following products in wholesale and retail stores will be permitted:

  • Food, hygienic, cleaning, protective and baby care, and stationery.
  • Winter clothing and bedding heating.
  • Medical supplies.
  • Fuel, coal, wood, gas and tobacco.
  • Hardware supplies for qualified tradespersons: Emergency repairs for homes and essential services.


The following manufacturing processes will be permitted:

  • 100% capacity: L4 products and inputs, and paper.
  • 50%: Stationery, cement, and construction material.
  • 50%: Automotive manufacturing and components.
  • 100%: Petroleum smelters, refineries and furnaces.
  • 50%: Winter clothing, bedding and heating.
  • 100%: Inputs for essential services.
  • Essential maintenance to prevent damage and to permit orderly shutdown.
  • 20%: All other manufacturing.

Transport and logistics

The following transport services will be permitted:

  • Cargo for domestic destinations and neighbouring countries and prioritisation of essential goods.
  • E-hailing (subject to regulations, direction and curfew).
  • Limited public transport (subject to regulations, direction and curfew).


Online services and live-streaming; newspapers; broadcasting; and production for local broadcast will be permitted.

Services, repair and emergency

The following will be permitted:

  • Vehicle recovery services.
  • Emergency car repairs.
  • Emergency repair work, including plumbers, electricians, glaziers, and roof and locksmiths repairs.

Information and communications

Work in the following service areas will be permitted:

  • All telecommunication, information, and communications technology.
  • ICT equipment and airtime.
  • Postal services and courier services for medical products and medical services.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

The following will be permitted:

  • Food agriculture and services, including livestock, and export agriculture.
  • Essential fishing operations.
  • Essential harvesting and storage activities.
  • Flori-culture and forestry.

Mining and quarrying

Coal production for Eskom at 100% capacity; open-cast mining at 100% capacity; and 50% for all other mining/quarrying operations will be permitted.

Electricity, gas and water

All electricity, gas and water services will be permitted.


Operations in the following areas will be permitted:

  • Critical civil engineering and construction for public works projects (including water, energy, sanitation, roads, and bridges.
  • Critical maintenance and repairs.

Accommodation and food service

Services that will be permitted:

  • Isolation and quarantine accommodation.
  • Food delivery subject to curfew. There will be no sit-down and no takeaways.

Domestic support

Live-in staff and support for L4 personnel will be allowed.

Health and welfare

Workers in the following areas will be permitted to work:

  • Trade union essential staff (subject to regulations, directions and curfew).
  • All social work, care and relief.
  • Funeral and cremation services.
  • Wildlife management.
  • Veterinary and medical services.
  • Sanitation, pest control, sewerage, and refuse removal.
  • Recycling (at 50% capacity), including informal traders.

Finance and business

Workers are encouraged to work from home, if possible. The following will be permitted:

  • Supporting level 4 services, including car and equipment rental.
  • Private security.
  • Call centres (subject to regulations, directions and curfew).
  • Essential financial services (subject to regulations, directions and curfew).
  • Payroll-related workers.


The following restrictions will apply during level 4 lockdown:

  • No local or inter-provincial travel, except those operations returning to do or support L4, and no international travel.
  • No concerts, cinemas and gatherings.
  • Limited exercise (subject to regulations, directions and curfew). No public gym.
  • No passenger, air and sea travel.

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