Liquor Traders Welcome Return To Level 1

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The National Liquor Traders Council has welcomed President Cyril Ramapohosa’s announcement that the country will be placed on alert level 1. This means that there will be fewer restrictions on the sale of alcohol.


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The National Liquor Traders Council has welcomed President Cyril Ramapohosa’s announcement that the country will be placed on alert level 1. This means that there will be fewer restrictions on the sale of alcohol.
The alert level 1 restriction means that alcohol can be sold for both on and off-site consumption. Alcohol however is not allowed to be sold after 11 pm and during curfew hours.
The National Liquor Traders Council’s Lucky Ntimane says while they do welcome the announcement from the president, proper protocols need to be enforced. He explained that more than a million jobs are reliant on the alcohol sector.
Ntimane said, “our worry is that you know this decision seems to be more political than an economic consideration to really boost our economy or as it were to boost our alcohol industry and the tavern sector specifically”.
He says that government must ensure that proper measures are put in place to protect people from this fourth wave of coronavirus infections. This would in turn protect the livelihoods of people working in the alcohol industry.
Restrictions have often been put in place with regard to the sale of alcohol during Covid-19 infection peaks. This has been seen to alleviate pressure on the health system in SA. Hospitals have reported that the banning of the sale of alcohol leads to less unnecessary trauma cases which take health resources away from Covid-19 patients.
Ntimane said, “We feel that you know that the time was right that we moved the country to level one but our main worry is that we should not find ourselves in a position where we are banned in December and we are calling on government to really engage with us so that we can find ways it means to look at measures that we can put in place to avoid the fourth wave particularly in December”.

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