Explainer: New alcohol regulations for Level 3 national lockdown

Explainer: New alcohol regulations for Level 3 national lockdown

- After spending two months under an alcohol-free dry spell South Africans will now be able to purchase alcohol

- However, the government has not totally lifted booze-related restrictions and certain rules will still apply

- Briefly.co.za explores what the terms and conditions have been put in place by the government

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Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has not put a dampener on the plans to relax the alcohol ban in South Africa.

After two months under strict Covid-19 national lockdown, the minister confirmed that citizens will soon be free to purchase their favourite alcoholic beverages.

Speaking during a media briefing on the migration to Level 3 lockdown, set to come into effect on 1 June, Dlamini-Zuma confirmed that citizens may now purchase liquor between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

Only businesses with valid liquor licences may sell alcohol and citizens are not permitted to drink on the premises.

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Pubs, bars, taverns and shebeens armed with the correct license may sell to people for off-site consumption only.

Briefly.co.za reported that the controversial ban on the sale and purchase of tobacco products remain firmly in place, despite widespread public outcry and immense legal battles launched against the restriction.

Other alcohol regulations announced by the Minister included:

  • Transportation and distribution of liquor to licensed premises can begin from Friday, May 29;
  • Consumption of alcohol at the place of purchase is prohibited;
  • Sale of alcohol on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays is prohibited; and
  • No special liquor licences will be issued for events.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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