COVID-19: Updated and amended lock down regulations 02 April 2020

Updated and amended regulations to address issues regarding transport, essential goods and the tracking of the coronavirus was signed and gazetted by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on 02 April 2020.

The changes include:


  • Provision for certain individuals to be allowed to travel between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts for the purpose of transporting mortal remains for burial.
  • A process by which persons who wish to travel between provinces, metropolitan and districts to attend a funeral or cremation can obtain a permit, provided they are:
  • The spouse or partner of the deceased.
  • Children of the deceased, whether biological, adopted or stepchildren.
  • Children-in-law of the deceased.
  • Parents of the deceased whether biological, adopted or stepparents.
  • Siblings, whether biological, adopted or stepbrother or sister of the deceased.
  • Grandparents of the deceased.
  • Persons closely affiliated to the deceased.


  • The creation of a confidential national database that will allow for the tracing for people who has, or who have been in contact with someone who has the coronavirus.
  • The database will collect personal information on persons when they are tested.
  • Government may also request information from electronic communications service providers such as mobile networks and ISPs, including location and movement.
  • The database will include (but is not limited to) the following information:
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Identity/Passport number.
  • Residential address.
  • Work address/Other addresses where they could be located
  • Cell phone number
  • Covid-19 test results
  • The personal details of all known or suspected contacts of a person who has tested positive for the virus.

Spaza shops and informal traders

  • Grocery stores and wholesale produce markets, including spaza shops and informal food traders, may operate but must obtain a permit from a municipal authority to operate.

These changes are gazetted in the Government Gazette 43199 on 02 April 2020, please follow the link for the full publication.

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