As of midnight, South Africa is going to be in a full national lockdown.

Regulations promulgated in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act of 2002, after consultation with the Minister of Health have been published on the Government Gazette and provide the country with the official guidelines of what to expect whilst in lockdown.

With regard to the restrictions on the movement of persons and goods particularly and as per Regulation 11B(6):

a) All borders of the Republic are closed during the period of lockdown, except for transportation of fuel, and essential goods.

b)The Cabinet member responsible for home affairs, or a person designated by him or her, may allow a person who requires to enter the Republic for emergency medical attention for a life- threatening condition.

c) All foreign tourists who arrived in the Republic prior to, or after, the lockdown, and who remain in the Republic, must remain in their place of temporary residence in the Republic for the duration of the lockdown or 14 days, as the case may be, and may be subject to screening for COVID -19 and be quarantined or isolated as required.

Read the full Regulations here.

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