South Africans can run, cycle and walk from Friday but only within a 5km radius from their homes between 06:00 and 09:00.
This was announced on Wednesday evening by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
She said more than 22 000 South Africans had submitted pleas to exercise during the government’s public participation period.
President Cyril Ramaphosa previously promised some respite for his cooped-up countrymen, but “under very strict conditions”, Dlamini-Zuma reminded the nation.
“You can cycle. You can run. You can walk,” she said. “But it will have to be within your neighbourhood, and within a 5km radius from your home.
“And not in organised groups. You can’t run as a club or a group.”
Dlamini-Zuma said she realised these freedoms were what South Africans had “longed for”.