- Salba has praised Government's implementation of the revised Level 2 restrictions, stating that the adaption is a necessary step towards the recovery of alcohol-dependent establishments
- Salba voiced concerns relating to the continuation of off-site alcohol consumption sales on Saturdays and Sundays, expressing an unjustified approach by Government
- Sibani Mngadi feels the extension of alcohol restrictions will ultimately lead to the progression of illicit alcohol trade and place additional pressure on the sector
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The South African Liquor Brand owners Association (Salba) has commended Government's decision to extend the curfew until 11pm as well as the increase in the number of people permitted at gatherings. The association believes the changes are a welcomed step towards the recovery of bars, restaurants and tavern businesses.
Salba expressed concerns surrounding the extension of off-site alcohol consumption sales on Saturdays and Sundays as Salba chairperson Sibani Mngadi feels that Government has not given a valid reason for the extension.
Mngadi expressed that the association was worrisome of the potentially inevitable expansion of the illicit alcohol trade due to the implemented restrictions on alcohol sales consequently putting additional pressure on legal establishments.
Following reports by The Citizen, the restriction of alcohol sales has had a significantly negative impact on unemployment as many establishments halted sales on account of the four alcohol bans that have been implemented since the beginning of lockdown.
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Booze is back for longer but Mzansi isn't that impressed
In other news about alcohol, Briefly News reported that 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.