What are the curfew hours and closing times in designated hotspots?
As of 3 December 2020, the national government has been implementing a system of designated hotspots, where slightly stricter rules apply due to higher infection rates.
At the moment (as of 15 December 2020) these are the designated hotspots:
- Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (Eastern Cape)
- Garden Route District (Western Cape)
- Sarah Baartman District (Eastern Cape)
The following rules apply in areas designated as hotspots:
Movement of persons
There is a curfew from 10pm to 4am, during which time everybody needs to be at their place of residence. You are allowed to be outside of your residence during curfew if you have a permit (click here for more information). [Link to WHAT PERMIT DO I NEED IF I HAVE TO WORK AFTER THE 12PM CURFEW UNDER ALERT LEVEL 1? ]
Closing Time for Establishments
The following establishments, whether indoors or outdoors, need to close by 9pm:
- Faith-based institutions;
- Venues where social events are hosted;
- Venues hosting concerts and live performances;
- Museums, galleries and archives;
- Gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools;
- Restaurants, bars, taverns, shebeens and similar establishments;
- Venues hosting sport, arts and culture activities; and
- Any other place where a gathering may take place.