Advanced Level 3 vs Level 2: What are the big differences?

South Africans are set to learn how we move forward into the next stage of lockdown at some point this week – however, there will be no red carpet roll-out for Level 2 restrictions. Instead, the government is preparing to introduce the 'Advanced Level 3' phase, and it's left a number of citizens feeling conflicted.

No Level 2 for South Africa… yet


The 'stage within a stage' has only become public knowledge since the weekend. At Advanced Level 3, a number of industries are allowed to reopen for business. But the government isn't convinced that the country is ready to take a full leap forward towards Level 2, and this is their attempt at a compromise…


Small business development minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has been put on media duty by Cabinet. After going public with the government's plans on Monday, she followed up her initial revelations in an interview with Power 98.7.

What changes at Advanced Level 3?


She told the radio station that Advanced Level 3 is needed to rescue thousands of businesses, and after consultations with ministers and the National Coronavirus Command Centre (NCCC), it seems that some workers are simply unable to wait for South Africa's situation with the pandemic to improve:


"There was a consultation in terms of what is it that could be done to allow businesses that would ordinarily come back at level 1 or 2 to come back earlier – what the president announced as Advanced Level 3. We went to Cabinet and told them that we don't have enough relief measures to support small businesses."
"That includes sit-down restaurants, the ladies who cook also at the taxi ranks, takeaways, make-up businesses… those things, all of them we said they must come on stream. we are going to live with COVID-19 forever so sanitising, social distancing, handwashing and protective measures have to become the norm."Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

Advanced Level 3 and Level 2 of lockdown: What is the difference?


Of course, all these discussions about the merits of this new lockdown status have been a little confusing. So we've decided to compare the changes set to take place at Advanced Level 3 with the guidelines for what's new when we reach Level 2. As you can see, there are vast differences between both stages:

What changes at Advanced Level 3?What has to wait until Level 2?
Hairdressers can return to workPrivate residential construction and the lifting of all real estate restrictions
Tattoo studios are scheduled to reopenAll retail stores allowed to open, under strict COVID-19 guidelines
Nail services and body massages allowedAll mining, manufacturing, domestic and maintenance staff allowed to work
Restaurants can open for sit-down mealsInter-provincial travel
Make-up technicians can resume their businessExtended freedoms for hotels and BnBs to operate
Specific street food vendors and "kasi takeaways" returnThe cigarette ban could be lifted, according to Jackson Mthembu
Cabinet still mulling 'tighter rules' for COVID-19 hot-spotsGyms and fitness centres can tentatively reopen their doors
Some accommodation venues open (under strict rules)Rules relaxed on who's allowed to fly domestically