President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country will be moved to Adjusted Alert Level 1 from 1 October 2021.
The hours of the curfew will change, from 00:00 to 04:00. Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will need to close by 23:00 to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew.
According to Ramaphosa, the maximum number of people permitted to gather indoors will increase from 250 to 750, and the maximum number of people permitted to gather outdoors will increase from 500 to 2,000.
Ramaphosa says the current trends in the progression of the pandemic mean that a number of the restrictions in place can be eased, as per the recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19.
Closing time for the following establishments, whether indoors or outdoors, is 23H00:
(d) museums, galleries and archives;
(e) public swimming pools;
(f) beaches and public parks;
(g) game parks, botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos;
(h) gyms and fitness centres;
(i) restaurants, bars, shebeens and taverns;
(j) venues hosting auctions;
(k) venues hosting professional sport;
(l) venues hosting faith-based or religious gatherings; and
(m) social, political and cultural gatherings..