Alcohol ban reintroduced
The sale, dispensing and purchasing of alcohol has again been suspended with immediate effect under advanced alert level 3.
President Cyril Rmaphosa was addressing the country on Sunday night about South Africa’s rapidly-rising of Covid-19 cases.
Not so long ago, many South Africans were still celebrating the reopening of bottle stores when the country moved to level 3.The health care services has been under pressure with COVID-19 and the burden brought by alcohol and irresponsible drinking. This has made the government to rethink the availability of alcohol.
President Ramaphosa revealed that in order to ease the pressure on the healthcare services, the sale of alcohol is suspended with immediate effect.
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, recently confirmed that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) was considering harsher liquor laws after it was noted that both Gauteng and Eastern Cape were insufficiently prepared for the virus peak, saying that these two provinces lack hospital beds and healthcare workers.
President Ramaphosa introduced new measures to reduce infections, there are the amended regulations, wearing a mask in public places is now mandatory, taxis must have open windows during all journeys , he also added that there is going to be a curfew in place between 9pm and 4am.