- South Africans have shared a number of different responses to the changes made now that the country is in adjusted Alert Level 2
- According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, alcohol can now be sold for on-site consumption until 10pm, this is two hours longer than before
- The curfew has been shortened and is now from 11pm to 4am, leaving restaurants, bars and taverns barely any time to close their doors before staff need to be home
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South Africa has moved to adjusted lockdown Level 2 from 13 September. This means a lot for various sectors and for citizens. Liquor stores will be able to sell booze for one extra day every week as they are now able to operate from Monday to Friday.
Restaurants and taverns also get some sort of reprieve as they will now be allowed to serve customers until 10pm, this is two hours longer than was allowed under adjusted lockdown Level 3.
Twitter is abuzz with the news of lockdown Level 2 with many South Africans sharing their thoughts and opinions regarding the move.
According to News24, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that the measures put in place will be reviewed in two weeks in order to monitor how the Covid-19 pandemic is progressing. Business Insider reported that a number of liquor store owners had anticipated longer trading hours but, unfortunately for them, their cut-off remains at 6pm.
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Take a look at Mzansi's response to adjusted alert Level 2 and the new booze laws:
"Next, you'll need a certificate to buy alcohol."
"You doing this because you need our votes."
"For a @GovernmentZA as obsessed about banning alcohol as SA's, the country's per capita deaths leave a lot to be desired. They're preoccupied with the wrong things and neglecting the right things."
"Frenzy buying on Thursdays will move to Fridays."
"The country must move to Level 1": Malema demands political right to assemble
Malema tweeted just before 9pm on Thursday night that in order for the upcoming municipal elections to be free and fair, then the country cannot remain on the current level of restrictions.
Malema stated that South Africa has to move from the current Alert Level 3 regulations to Level 1 by the time local government elections come around. He went on to say the current lockdown regulations are unsustainable and amount to tyranny in South Africa as well as the political space.
Attached to his statement on Twitter was a poster encouraging people to vote along with the dates for voter registration weekend, which has been set for 18 and 19 September by the Independent Electoral Commission.