- Government likely to allow alcohol on sale when lockdown reaches level 3
- At level 3 alcohol will be allowed to be sold at retails stores, restaurants and pubs
- The lockdown rules are subject to change including what goods and services will be allowed
From the 1st of May South Africa will be under level 4 lockdown, this means that many of the restrictions will be lifted.
The sale of alcohol is not one of them. If all goes to plan and the lockdown rules are adhered to and the number of daily confirmed cases drops then level 3 will be considered.
Briefly.co.za learned that level 3 will allow alcohol to be sold at retails outlets during an allotted time window. No drinking on the premises will be allowed. However, drinking in restaurants and pubs will be allowed.
There is no timeframe set for when level 3 will be implemented and it would depend entirely on how effective the lockdown is.
"We'll be looking at data on a weekly basis. If there is no dramatic change in the data, there will be no change [in the level of the lockdown]." Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.
Factors that would impact which level of lockdown South Africa is under will be determined by:
- How many people are being tested for the virus, the greater the number the better.
- How many people test positive on a daily basis, the lower the number the better.
- The ratio of fixed and temporary hospital beds are available to the public, the higher the better.
- The rate at which patients are using hospital beds, the lower the better.
There is no guarantee that the next level of lockdown will be 3. If things do not go as planned we might return to level 5 according to News24.
The goods and services which are allowed during lockdown are subject to change based on consultation.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that South Africans learnt more about what would and wouldn't be allowed when the lockdown eases on Thursday.
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South Africans are currently spending what will hopefully be their last weekend in Level 5 lockdown.
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