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Alcohol sales still prohibited under Level 4 lockdown

For as long as South Africa will be on Level 4 of the lockdown restrictions, the booze ban will remain in place.

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South Africa enters into Alert Level 4 of the lockdown regulations from Friday, and the slight ease in restrictions does not include the return of liquor sales.

The changes set to be instituted are to facilitate a slow restart of economic activities, and more members of the workforce will be able to return to their respective places of employment.

When South Africans can expect liquor sales to return 

Since the lockdown came into play late in March, the country has been on Level 5, which prohibits the sale and transportation of alcohol.

The ban will remain in place, and will only be lifted partially once the restrictions are downgraded to Level 3.

Under level 3 restrictions, liquor sales will be permitted, but under restricted hours, with only off-site consumption allowed.

This means that places such as restaurants, shebeens and taverns will still not be allowed to sell alcohol.

Wholesale and retail products permitted under Level 4 restrictions

  • Any food product, including non-alcoholic beverages and animal food
  • The sale of hot cooked food, only for home delivery
  • Toilet Paper, sanitary pads, sanitary tampons, condoms
  • Hand sanitiser, disinfectants, soap, alcohol for industrial use, household
  • Cleaning products, and personal protective equipment
  • Products for the care of babies and toddlers
  • Personal toiletries, including haircare, body and face care products, rollons, deodorants, dental care products
  • Medical and Hospital Supplies, medicine, equipment and personal
  • Protective equipment
  • Fuel and lighting, including coal, wood, paraffin and gas
  • Airtime and electricity
  • Hardware, components and supplies required by any qualified
  • Tradespersons solely for the purpose of emergency repairs at residential homes
  • Hardware, components and supplies required by any entity engaged in

The provision of essential services for any project related to the provision of;

  • Water, electricity or other essential services
  • Components for vehicles undergoing emergency repairs where such
  • Vehicles used by a person engaged in essential services work
  • Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of

Any of these products;

  • Textiles required to produce face masks, and other personal protective equipment
  • Winter clothing, bedding and heaters
  • Children’s clothing
  • Stationery and educational books
  • Tobacco products
  • Personal ICT equipment including computers, mobile telephones and other
  • home office equipment
  • No sale of liquor permitted

Industries allowed to operate from 1 May

  • Wholesale and retail 
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport and logistics
  • Media
  • Services repair and emergency
  • Information and communications
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing 
  • Mining and quarrying 
  • Electricity, gas and water supply 
  • Accommodation and food services 
  • Domestic support
  • Health and welfare
  • Finance and business