Public transport across provincial and municipal boundaries, as well as restricted local passenger flights, will be allowed during Level 3 of the seclusion period. Shiploads will also be offloaded from ships in South African ports as of Monday and may be transported to the final destination. However, Prasa’s Metrorail service is not yet ready to take effect.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Saturday announced regulations regarding public transport during level 3 secession. It comes into effect on Monday, June 1. He said that because more people can go to work and to school during level 3, it also means that more people are dependent on public transport, so regulations for public transport need to be adjusted.
Passenger ships are still not allowed in South Africa’s ports; only cargo ships or vessels carrying goods are allowed to enter ports.
A limited number of domestic flights will be allowed daily for people traveling for business purposes. Not all airports will be opened immediately. The three major airports, namely OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport in Durban will be opened first.
Transport by buses and taxis across provincial and municipal boundaries is permitted under Level 3 of isolation for passengers who are allowed to travel over long distances under the regulations.