- South Africans are finally allowed to purchase liquor after a nine-week Covid-19 ban
- Retailers saw massive ques as citizens flooded stores to ensure they got a slice of the pie
- However, outlets have warned that stockpiling will simply not be allowed
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South Africans are in a celebratory mood on Monday with the ban on alcohol finally lifted after nine long weeks.
Briefly.co.za reported that thousands of citizens queued up outside of liquor retailers in a bid to get their hands on their favourite alcoholic beverages.
However, it has now emerged that strict regulations have been implemented governing how many items may be purchased.
IOL reports that numerous associations and councils have issued a warning over the limitations, seeking to avoid a massive influx of eager customers amid a continued threat from the Covid-19virus.
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Beer Association of SA chief executive Patricia Pillay says that bulk-buying will simply not be permitted. Retailers have decided on their own guidelines in this regard:
“They (guidelines) are designed to protect all staff and customers from the spread of the virus. We will need a collective to unite in our efforts to create a safe environment for all staff, customers and others who may enter the outlets."
The South African Alcohol Policy Alliance has supported the restrictions, with Maurice Smithers saying that it is essential to prevent alcohol-related issues:
“This is important to ensure that there isn't a spike in liquor-related harms, especially as the easing of the ban on liquor will be accompanied by more movement in public spaces with people returning to work in most sectors of the economy."
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