You no longer need to worry about stocking up for the weekend on Thursday. The alcohol industry is back in action and a new gazette has been released.
Alcohol can now be sold for off-site consumption during licensed trading hours. Those buying and selling alcohol will need to stick to the curfew time.
Failing to follow the new guidelines will result in a fine or imprisonment. Those placed in prison will serve time for a maximum period of 6 months.
In October, the National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC) and the Liquor Traders Association of South Africa (LTASA) wrote a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa requesting for the restrictions on the industry to be eased.
Representative of the alcohol industry, Lucky Ntimane said the restrictions on the industry at the time had allowed for an illegal market to thrive.
“Currently as it is, all pressure is placed on the on-consumption of liquor which is the taverns, pubs and restaurants but none whatsoever allowed for the at home consumption which we feel will play a bigger role on managing the potential spread of the Covid-19 pandemic,”
“What has happened now is that the illegal guys have taken over. They’re running multiple sophisticated supply chains over the weekend so that they can supply these restaurants and bars." he said.
Although restrictions have been eased, a possible resurgence of Covid-19 cases remains an area of concern for the government.
Nelson Mandela Bay has recently been identified as a hotspot following an increase in cases.
Hotspot areas like this could put the country at risk of facing a second wave of infections.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to be cautious as we head into the festive season.