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The sale of alcohol remains prohibited for onsite and offsite consumption as the country remains in lockdown level 4 for the next two weeks.
President Cyril Ramaphosa was addressing the nation on developments in the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday night.
During his address Ramaphosa said the ban on the sale of alcohol helps reduce motor vehicle accidents and frees up much needed space in emergency wards of health facilities.
“We know that restrictions on alcohol sales reduce the number of admissions at hospitals and emergency rooms with alcohol-related trauma, such as motor vehicle accidents and interpersonal violence. Reducing alcohol harm frees up much-needed capacity in our health facilities to deal with COVID-19 cases.
“Alcohol abuse is also associated with gatherings and non-adherence to public health regulations. At the same time, we know and recognise the vital contribution of the alcohol industry to our economy. Ultimately, the most important measures to limit transmission are those that are within our individual control.”President Cyril Ramaphosa
This week, the Restaurants Association of South Africa (RASA) called on the government not to extend the alcohol ban and to support and approve the industry’s new road house concept to roll out under level 4 lockdown.
In a statement, the association’s Chairperson, Wendy Alberts said landlords and banks had refused to “come to the party and rentals and loans are the biggest contributors to closure”.
“The alcohol impact is probably the single biggest issue impacting our restaurants and we cannot tolerate an extension to this restriction. We cannot survive on the small turnover of take-aways on offer while paying full expenses. It’s not financially viable and third-party delivery costs exploit our businesses and taxed licences are sending letters of demand for payments of licences not in use,” she said.
South African liquor traders previously described alcohol ban (which kicked in on 28 June 2021) under Lockdown Level 4 as a “hammer blow” to the legal industry and a boon for illegal liquor traders which have mushroomed during the alcohol recent bans.