Lesotho COVID-19 Resource Portal – Level Purple Regulations

LESOTHO MOVES TO LEVEL PURPLE

The Kingdom of Lesotho’s has now been placed under the Level Purple.

The changes from into effect from 18 September 2021.

Please note that there is a nationwide curfew from 23:00 to 04:00 

Movement across the border should include: 

  • Essential goods and services
  • Business people including hawkers with permits and truck drivers
  • Diplomats
  • Medical reasons (with permits)
  • Migrant workers
  • Pensions to collect their monthly pension in South Africa
  • Students including student commuters
  • Commuting teachers
  • Funerals for parents, children, siblings and grandparents
  • People with special needs and who shall be approved by the Minister of Health

 

What you will need to cross the border: 

  • International travellers entering Lesotho must show a valid PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival at the border.
  • Please note that you must enter the country within 72 hours of taking the COVID-19 test.

 

Information pertaining to the border posts: 

  • The border post operational hours are restricted and are also in line with national curfews in Lesotho and South Africa.
  • The operating hours at ports of entry are as follows:
    • Maseru bridge – 06:00 – 22:00
    • Caledonspoort – 06:00 – 19:00
    • Sani Pass Border – 06:00 – 18:00
    • Qacha’s nek – 06:00 – 16:00
    • Van Rooyens Gate – 06:00 – 20:00
    • Ficksburg Bridge – 06:00 to 19:00 but will change to 06:00 – 22:00 hours as of 1 October 2021

 

New Regulations under the adjusted purple stage

International travel –        Departing and arrivals including tourists are permitted

–        Permitted while observing COVID-19 protocols

–        Compulsory 72 hours COVID-19 Negative Certificate

Funerals –        200 people are permitted

–        Not take more than 3 hours and to be completed not later than 10am

–        No night vigil

–        No Friday evening prayers service

–        No memorial services (virtual services only)

–        Only pre-packed meals

Social/ Family Gatherings –        Allowed for 300 people, only outside

–        To last 3 hours only

–        Alcohol allowed only in family setting

–        Observe COVID-19 protocols

Weddings –        Allowed for 300 people outside for 3 hours

–        Alcohol is not allowed

–        Observe COVID-19 protocols

Entertainment industry –        Permitted for outdoor events and performances for not more than 300 people.

–        The events and performances must be held on weekends only up to 19:00

–        Alcohol is not allowed

–        Ensure screening sanitising and registration at entrance and wearing of masks at all times

–        Must observe COVID-19 protocols

–        Must provide 2 bouncers

Sports events –        Non-contact and contact sports permitted with no spectators while observing COVID-19 protocols

–        Organisers will take full legal responsibility and liability for contravening any of the protocols of COVID-19

Gyms –        Allowed for 15% capacity of the facility inside with ventilations

–        Maximum of 50 people outside

–        Observe COVID-19 protocols

Liquor stores –        Allowed to operate from Monday to Sunday

–        Open from 08:00 to 20:00 on take away basis only

 

Retail business –        Operate from 08:00 to 20:00

–        Restaurants and fast foods operate from 06:00 – 21:00 at 50& capacity for sit in

Hair salons, Barbers and nail salons –        To operate from 08:00 20:00
Pitso –        Allowed for maximum of 300 people outside observing COVID-19 protocols

–        Should take not more than 3 hours

–        Can only last until 15:00

–        Alcohol is not permitted

Political gatherings –        Only local branches meetings allowed with maximum of 100 people outside

–        Should last not more than 3 hours

–        To end by 15:00

Social and economic activities

100% restricted

–        Initiation/traditional schools

–        Public recreational areas (parks)

–        Industrial action (picketing, protests, demonstrations)

–        Nightclubs