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Saying ‘I do’ under lockdown level 2

You can only invite 50 people to your wedding, do you know who you’ll choose? Find out what else has changed and whether “you may kiss the bride” will be part of the proceedings.

Resource details:

Publication title: Amended directions for tourism facilities, services and products
Author(s): The department of tourism
Publication date: 25 August 2020

What the amended directions are about:

These guidelines outline how zoos, amusement parks, holiday accommodation and wedding venues can open while keeping their patrons and staff safe from SARS-CoV-2 infection. 

Key take-aways from the amended directions:

Accommodation services

The regulations outlined under lockdown level 3 still hold with the addition of the following:

  • Interprovincial travel is allowed under level 2.
  • Reception lobbies, entryways and other assembly points at accommodation services should limit the number of guests to 50 percent of the floor space capacity. Patrons must observe a physical distance of 1.5 metres at a gathering house.

Wedding and event venues

  • Only 50 guests are allowed.
  • The usual preventive precautions must still be followed including physical distancing of 1.5 metres and wearing face masks or coverings.
  • Guests must wear their face coverings at all times except when eating or drinking.
  • Event organisers must set up screening stations which all guests must go through before entering the venue.
  • What about the wedding kiss? Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson Lungi Mtshali explains: “There is nothing in the regulations that prohibits that, so of course the groom and bride can take off their masks for a short while and then kiss.”

Places of attraction

  • These include botanical gardens, zoos, amusement parks and other leisure and entertainment places.
  • Where possible guests should book ahead to help manage the venue’s capacity.
  • Water activities can open under level 2 if they can ensure that people can maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres both on and in the water.
  • Staff and guests should have easy access to sanitising wipes where touch and interactive features are allowed.
  • Enclosed entertainment venues, such as cable cars or escape rooms, should mark out the floor area to allow for physical distancing. 

You can find and download the directions here.

[Please note: Information on the new coronavirus is rapidly changing. Please refer to the department of tourism website for the latest information. Visit for updates on South Africa’s coronavirus response.]

Gopolang Makou was the impact and engagement officer at Bhekisisa.