Liquor store queues flooded as alcohol sales back on the menu

Liquor store queues flooded as alcohol sales back on the menu

- Thousands flooded liquor outlets as alcohol sales were allowed again

- Under alert Level 3, alcohol will be sold on Mondays to Thursday from 9am to 5pm

- Some South Africans have chosen to avoid the queues and order alcohol through various apps

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Fireworks and celebratory cheers were heard in various areas in Johannesburg as the country moved to lockdown Level 3 on 1 June. Level 3 allows for the sale of alcohol and hordes of people have already begun to fill queues this morning all over the country.

Social media is flooded with videos and images of people in liquor store queues across the country. Since the Covid-19 lockdown began 67 days ago, South Africans have been unable to buy alcohol as it was designated a non-essential product. Alcohol will now be sold on Mondays to Thursday from 9am to 5pm.

Images already began surfacing on Twitter during the night of 31 May as liquor enthusiasts wanted to be first in the queues. During the lockdown, some South Africans turned to an exorbitantly-priced black market to get their alcohol and today they will finally get to stock up at reasonable prices.

South Africans were more than ready with alarms set as they will finally get to quench their thirst.

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While thousands of South Africans woke up early to queue at liquor stores, others opted to minimise the risk of Covid-19 and order through various apps that sell liquor. Bottles App, Takealot, Mr D and Thirst Busters all sell alcohol and began allowing sales over the weekend.

As South Africans flood liquor stores, Covid-19 cases now sit at 32 683, with 683 deaths. South Africans also reminded each other that winter has come and people should still maintain social distancing even in the queues.

Doctors earlier expressed their gratitude that alcohol was banned during the lockdown because alcohol-related medical issues burden the health system. The return to alcohol sales is likely to create more issues for the health system.

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