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COVID-19

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Level 1 – Effective 1 March 2021

New legislation pertaining to church gatherings – Government Gazette 44201 issued 28 February 2021, permit a maximum of 100 people indoors or 50% of venue capacity (whichever figure is the least) and 250 outdoors with all social distancing and sanitisation and hand cleansing protocols being kept in place (see 72.3). It seems there is no restriction on the length of the service.

All churches “must display the certificate of occupancy which sets out the maximum number of persons the facility may hold” (see 72.2).

Funerals are limited to 100 people indoors or 50% of venue capacity (whichever figure is the least) and a maximum of two hours in duration regardless, it seems, of whether they are indoors or outdoors.

Adjusted Level 3 – Effective 2 February- 28 February 2021

Church gatherings are again permitted to a maximum of 50 people or 50% of the public venue space (whichever figure is the least) with all the social distancing and sanitisation and hand cleansing protocols being kept in place. See Government Gazette 44130 effective 1 February 2021.

Adjusted Level 3 – Effective 11 January – 1 February 2021

New legislation pertaining to church gatherings – Government Gazette 44066 – issued 11 January 2020. This legislation ruled that, “All social gatherings and faith-based gatherings are prohibited” (36.3). A termination date has not been furnished. Further prohibitions pertaining to funerals are also stipulated.

Adjusted Level 3 – Effective 29 December – 10 January 2021

New legislation pertaining to church gatherings – Government Gazette 44044 – issued 129 December but announced 28 December. This legislation ruled that, “All social gatherings, including faith-based gatherings are prohibited for two weeks, after which this provision will be reviewed” (83.3). This means that church services on Old Years Eve (31 December 2020), 3 January and 10 January 2020 are closed.


Level 1 – Effective 21 September – 28 December 2020

New legislation pertaining to church gatherings – Government Gazette 43771 – issued 3 October 2020 (simply a repeal of Government Gazette 43365 of 28 May 2020)

New legislation pertaining to church gatherings – Government Gazette 43762 – issued 1 October 2020. This permits singing of the congregation but behind masks as the ban prohibiting singing under Gazette 43365 (of 28 May 2020) is removed under 43771 above. It also relaxes the requirements pertaining to the sanitisation of the building and equipment.

New legislation pertaining to church gatherings – Government Gazette 43725 – Issued 18 September 2020


Level 2 – Effective 18 August – 20 September 2020

No changes in legislation pertaining to church gatherings


Level 3 – Effective 1 June – 17 August 2020

Letter from the Baptist Union regarding opening churches – 2 June 2020

Letter from the BNA Executive to our churches – Level 3 – 29 May 2020

New legislation pertaining to church gatherings – Government Gazette 43364 – 28 May 2020

New legislation pertaining to church gatherings – Government Gazette 43365 – 28 May 2020

Clarification of the Government Regulations pertaining to a church by Horison Baptist Church – 28 May 2020


Level 4 Lockdown – 1 May – 31 May 2020

New legislation pertaining to church gatherings – Government Permit to Perform an Essential Service – 29 April 2020


Level 5 Lockdown – 27 March 2020 – 30 April 2020

Letter from the BNA Executive to our churches – Level 5 – 25 March 2020

New legislation pertaining to church gatherings – Government Gazette 43148 – 25 March 2020


Some members of the BNA Executive discuss how COVID-19 has impacted them personally and their churches, both positively and negatively…

Pastor Brian Viljoen; “I miss the people.  I miss the Christian embrace.  I miss the fellowship and the singing, and the praying.  I yearn for that.”

Pastor Jacques Louw; “Church-wise, we’ve experienced …a disconnect – being able to connect with people electronically, but not really getting to their hearts…”

Pastor Parmesh Venkatasami; “The lockdown has enabled people to be more evangelistic.”

Pastor Dan Riddell; “It’s been good not have a manual on the way forward.  I think as churches we tend to try to look at ‘Ok, this is the how we do it!’ And I think we’re all navigating uncharted waters…”