Alcohol to be sold Mon-Thurs 9h00-17h00 - Dlamini-Zuma

Published May 28, 2020


CAPE TOWN- Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma briefed the nation on Thursday regarding the level 3 lockdown regulations.

Alcohol may be sold within the hours of 9h00-17h00 from Monday to Thursday and on-site consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

The sale of cigarettes and tobacco products will not be permitted on level 3, except where it is destined for export.

As per the announcement of President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, Dlamini-Zuma reiterated that the whole country will move to level 3 as of 1 June.

Dlamini-Zuma said the minister of health may advise more stringent measures to hotspot areas and that some hotspots may go back to higher levels of restrictions if infections continue to grow exponentially.

The hotspot areas include: Tshwane, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Overberg, eThekwini, Chris Hani (EC), Ekurhuleni and iLembe.

All people who go out in public must observe physical distancing, wear masks, and make use of sanitisers.

Dlamini-Zuma said that students, pupils and teachers may travel between provinces to get to school once they reopen in June.

The exercise curfew will be lifted. People may exercise as long as it is not done in organised groups and all must wear masks.

While places of worship from 1 June will be permitted to allow 50 people into services, the national day of prayer on Sunday will be observed at home or through virtual means. Those who arrive at places of worship must be screened and the religious services are subject to strict conditions, such as wearing of masks and physical distancing of 1.5m apart.

The same rules will apply to funerals, where it is still limited to 50 attendees. Dlamini-Zuma said there will be no travel between provinces to attend funerals, except for close family of the deceased.

There will be limited domestic air travel permitted, this will be announced by the minister of transport.

Dlamini-Zuma said that every company must have a Covid-19 plan and a compliance officer for when inspectors come to check.

Recreational facilities, hotels and lodges will remain closed.

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