Covid-19: Level 3 draft permits alcohol but cigarettes remain banned

Covid-19: Level 3 draft permits alcohol but cigarettes remain banned

- The level 3 draft allows for alcohol but cigarettes are likely to remain banned

- This comes as Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has prepared a draft proposal for level 3 regulations

- The public is not happy with Dlamini-Zuma's stance on tobacco but her supporters and the ANC have come to her defense

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Co-operative governance minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has prepared a draft version of the regulations for lockdown level 3. The proposal plans for the opening of the whole economy from 1 June except hotels, restaurants, bars, gyms and places where people gather for recreational purposes.

The National Command Council (NCC) debated the renewal of cigarette sales for 5 hours without coming to a final decision, however, alcohol will be available under the new level 3 draft.

The motivation behind the cigarette ban was that smokers would be more likely to need a ventilator should they contract Covid-19.

Briefly.co.za learned that the government had requested that the public comment on the new regulations before they are finalised.

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Dlamini-Zuma's desire for the tobacco ban to continue appears to be garnering more support in the NCC according to an insider close to Dlamini-Zuma according to TimesLive.

"It's still work in progress because they are seriously considering issues being raised in the consultations. The view of the NCC was to reopen liquor outlets under strict conditions in level 3, but there's been opposition to that from political parties.
"No decision was taken on tobacco, but there doesn't seem to be much appetite to lift that prohibition. The NCC, like society, is extremely polarised on these matters," said the insider.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte has come out swinging in the minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's defence.

Durate has accused the tobacco industry of making people ill through their cigarettes and other products. She also praised Dlamini-Zuma for what she has done for the country.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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