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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to an ‘advanced’ level 3 lockdown, with a number of business sectors reopened to the public.

Speaking in a national address on Wednesday evening (17 June), Ramaphosa said that many businesses that stopped operating on 27 March when the lockdown first came into effect have not been able to operate.

Following discussions with industry representatives, provincial heads, scientists as well as cabinet, Ramaphosa said that restrictions will be eased for:

Restaurants – allowing for sit-down meals;
Accredited and licensed accommodation facilities (except Airbnb);
Conferences and meetings for business purposes (in-line with safety guidelines);
Cinemas and theatres;
Personal care services including hairdressers;
Non-contact sports including tennis, golf, cricket and others;
Contact sports – only for training.
In each instance, specific and stringent safety requirements have been agreed to by the various representatives of these industries, Ramaphosa said.

These will need to be put in place and protocols will need to be strictly adhered to for these activities to remain open, he said.

Further details on opening dates and the guidelines that must be followed will be published at a later date.