Covid-19: EFF gives alcohol sales and opening of schools a thumbs down

Covid-19: EFF gives alcohol sales and opening of schools a thumbs down

- The EFF wants schools to remain closed and the alcohol ban to remain in place

- They will only approve of schools reopening once there is scientific evidence that it is safe

- The party wants the government to reconsider opening schools

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The EFF has released a statement that they do not want alcohol sales to resume or schools to reopen.

In a statement on Thursday, the party said there was "currently no creditable scientific data that illustrates that the easing of the lockdown regulations, even with precautionary measures such as wearing masks, washing hands and constantly using hands sanitisers will not lead to the increased spread of the [coronavirus]".

The party believes that the efforts of lockdown would be diminished by the reopening of schools as Covid-19 would spread according to News24.

"The intention to permit the sale of alcohol will only worsen the situation because, even where there is no effort to contain a pandemic, alcohol has been responsible for many health-related and social ills in society," EFF spokesperson Vuyani Pambo said. .

The EFF wants the government to keep the schools closed and the alcohol ban in place until there is enough scientific evidence to show that it is safe to do so.

In other news, reported that Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has told the National Coronavirus Command Council that the sale of tobacco and alcohol products should be banned until Level 1 lockdown.

News24 reports that Dlamini-Zuma's motion was supported by Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi when she voiced her opinion.

The minister reportedly feels that allowing the sale of cigarettes and alcohol on June 1 when SA migrates to Level 3 would pose too much of a health risk, despite immense pressure to unban the products.

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