IN BRIEF: President Ramaphosa on easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in SA

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President Cyril Ramaphosa  has announced the easing of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions in South Africa.

Ramaphosa on Tuesday evening addressed the nation on South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Video | President Ramaphosa addresses the nation: 22 March 2022

Easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Ramaphosa announced the easing of restrictions during level one of the COVID-19 lockdown.

He says the easing of restrictions comes as fewer deaths are recorded and positive COVID-19 test results compared to when the virus was first detected in the country.


In his address Ramaphosa listed the new regulations that will come into effect on Wednesday, 23 March 202.

  • The National State of Disaster will be lifted as soon as public comment on the health regulations published by the Department of Health.
  • South Africans are asked to make comments on the draft regulations before the 16th of April 2022
  • Both indoor and outdoor venues can now take up to 50% of their capacity provided that, the criteria for entrance at those venues, there is proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours.
  • If there is no provision for proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test, the current upper limit will remain at 1000 people indoors and 2000 people outdoors.
  • Funeral capacity will increase from 100 to 200. After funeral gatherings after-tears and night vigils are still not allowed.
  • Masks are no longer required when outdoors. Masks only required indoors
  • People should stand 1 meter away from each to achieve social distancing
  • Travelers entering SA need to show proof of vaccination or a PCR test not older than 72 hours. Unvaccinated travelers wishing to enter the country will be vaccinated before entering South Africa.

However, the President cautioned that these changes do not mean the pandemic is over. He said the country is learning to live with the virus and returning back to normal in a safe way.