Full list of level 4 permissions and restrictions

DURBAN – On Friday 1 May, South Africa’s National COVID-19 alert level will be lowered to level 4. This means that some activity will be allowed to resume, subject to extreme precautions. Here is the full list of permissions and restrictions allowed on level 4:




Mandatory cloth masks

Screening: public and workplaces

Hygiene and social distancing

Curfew: 8pm to 5am


Wholesale and Retail

Food, hygienic, cleaning, protective and babycare, stationery

Winter Clothing, bedding, heating

Medical suppliers

Fuel, coal, wood, gas and tobacco

Hardware supplies for qualified tradesperson, emergency repairs for homes and essential services

Chemicals, packaging and supply of Level 4 products



100% Level 4 products and inputs and paper

50% stationery, cement and construction material

100% Petroleum, Smelters, refineries and furnaces

Essential maintenance to prevent damage and to permit orderly shutdown

20% all other manufacturing


Transport and Logistics

Cargo for domestic and neighbouring countries and prioritisation of essential goods 


Limited public transport



Online services and live streaming

Newspapers, broadcasting production for local broadcast


Services: Repair and emergency 

Vehicle recovery services

Emergency car repairs

Emergency repair work including plumbers, electricians, glaziers and roof, locksmiths repairs.


Information and Communication

All telecoms technology 

ICT equipment and airtime

Postal services and courier services for medical products of level 4


Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

Food agriculture and services (livestock) export agriculture

Essential fishing operations

Essential harvesting and storage activities 

Flori-culture and forestry


Mining and Quarrying

100% coal production for Eskom

100% open cast mining

50% other


Electricity, gas and Water

All electricity, gas and water supply



Critical civil engineering and construction for public works projects (including water, energy, roads and bridges) critical maintenance and repairs


Accommodation and service

Isolation quarantine accommodation 

Food delivery subject to curfew, not sit down


Domestic support

Live in staff and support for level 4 personnel


Health and welfare

Trade Union essential staff

All social work, care and relief 

Funeral and cremation service

Wildlife Management

Sanitation, pest control, sewage and refuse removal 

50% recycling (paper, glass, metal) including informal traders


Finance and business

If possible work from home

Support level 4 services including car and equipment rental

Private security

Call centres

Essential financial services

Payroll related workers




No alcohol or inter-provincial travel except those operations, returning to support level 4,

No international travel

No concerts, cinemas and gatherings

Limited exercise. No public gym

No alcohol

No passenger air and sea travel


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