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What are the rules surrounding the sale of alcohol during the lockdown?

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 NOTE: President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on the 12th of July that the sale of alcohol will once again be banned with immediate effect during the national lockdown.

During a national televised address, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the sale of alcohol will once again be allowed come the 1st of June under level 3 of the national lockdown.

For purposes of this regulation "licenced premises" means any premises to which a licence has been issued by a competent licensing authority in terms of national or provincial liquor legislation and include both a licence for the consumption of liquor products off the licenced premises and a licence for the consumption of liquor products on the licenced premises both such categories of licence being permitted only to sell liquor at the licenced premises as
regulated in terms of this regulation.

  • The sale of liquor at any licensed premises or through e-commerce delivery is permitted from Monday to Thursday, between 09h00 and 17h00.
  • The transportation and distribution of liquor to licensed premises is permitted from 29 May 2020 subject to directions which may be issued by the relevant Cabinet member.
  • The consumption of liquor at the place of sale is prohibited.
  • The sale of liquor is prohibited on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays.
  • No special or events liquor licenses may be approved for the duration of the national state of disaster.
  • The sale of liquor may be subject to directions issued by the relevant Cabinet member.

However, the consumption of alcohol in restaurants, bars, hotels, guesthouses (or any commercial accommodation premises), shebeens and taverns are still prohibited.

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