Alcohol in Lockdown: Surname could dictate when you can buy booze

Alcohol in Lockdown: Surname could dictate when you can buy booze

- The Liquor Traders Association of South Africa (LTASA) has proposed some innovative solutions to facilitate the sale of alcohol

- Under Level 3 lockdown laws, the sale of alcohol is permitted, but only between Monday to Wednesday and from 8am to noon

- LTASA has recommended a system based on the last name of consumers

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South Africans breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday when President Ramaphosa announced some easing of lockdown restrictions.

By June 1, it is understood that most of the country will be dropped down to Level 3 of lockdown, which will allow for more liberties.

The sale of alcohol has been a huge talking point in South Africa and many are looking forward to this date.

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However, current level 3 regulations only allow for the sale of liquor between Monday to Wednesday and from 8am to noon.

The Liquor Traders Association of South Africa (LTASA) has argued that this could result in massive queues, frustration and may lead to violence.

The LTASA proposal read: “If trading were to be allowed from 9:00 to 18:00 on Monday to Friday, and from 9:00 – 16:00 on Saturday, this will reduce pressure. It would be socially and economically more beneficial from every perspective. Furthermore, this would spread the demand and allow for the gradual but consistent supply.”

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The South African reported that LTASA proposed a new system whereby alcohol is made available to consumers from Monday to Saturday, but based on the first letter of your last name.

For example, if your surname starts with any of the letters between A to M then you'll be allowed to purchase booze on a Monday and Wednesday.

Those whose surnames N to Z would be able to acquire their stock on a Tuesday and Thursday.

All consumers would then be able to purchase on a Friday and Saturday, irrespective of surname.

Customers would need to produce their IDs when purchasing between Monday to Thursday.

Briefly.co.za understands that each customer will be limited to a maximum of five items under Level 3 regulations.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za asked readers to weigh in on the decision to extend the ban during Level 4.

Surprisingly, it became evident that the majority of citizens seem to agree with the restrictions.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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