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No alcohol sales during 21-day lockdown, says Bheki Cele

By Sihle Mlambo Time of article published Mar 25, 2020

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Johannesburg - The sale of alcohol during the 21-day lockdown is strictly prohibited, according to the newly-amended State of Disaster regulations.

The amended regulations were signed by Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and they prohibit the sale of alcohol during the lockdown. 

Police Minister Bheki Cele said the previous regulations confined the sale of alcohol at bars, nightclubs, restaurants, liquor stores and taverns to between 9am and 6pm during weekdays and Saturdays, and to 9am and 1pm on Sundays, but under the lockdown, there would be no sale of alcohol allowed. 

Cele urged South Africans to stay sober during the 21-day lockdown and said the transportation of alcohol was prohibited during the lockdown. 

“Last weekend with the previous Covid-19 Disaster Management Regulations, we were inundated with requests for clarity and a lot of other questions around the selling and consumption of liquor. 

“This time around with the national lockdown, the selling of liquor is strictly prohibited. This is applicable to also those supermarkets with liquor licences. No liquor will be sold anywhere by anyone during the 21-day period of the lockdown,” said Cele.

“Equally, the movement of liquor between any two points is also strictly prohibited as per the Covid-19 Disaster Management Regulations,” said Cele.

Free movement in the country will be only allowed to permitted persons who provide an essential service from Thursday midnight. 


  • Medical, health, laboratory and medical services 

  • Disaster management, fire prevention, fire fighting and emergency services 

  • Financial services, including the JSE, insurance services and banking services 

  • Production of food, cleaning, hygiene and medical services

  • Grocery stores and essential services 

  • Water, lights, gas and fuel maintenance

  • Funeral services

  • Municipal services

  • Cleaning, sanitation, sewerage and waste removal services 

  • Newspaper, broadcasting and telecommunication services 

  • Production and sale of chemical, hygiene products, medical, retail or/and pharmaceutical sector

  • Essential SARS services - to be determined by the Commissioner

  • Private security services 

  • Air-traffic navigation, Civil Aviation Authority, cargo shipping and dockyard services

  • Gold, coal and mining refineries 

  • The executive, MPs, provincial legislatures, local councils, judiciary, traditional leaders and national office bearers represented in Parliament

  • Commissioners of Chapter 9 institutions 

  • Production, manufacturing, supply, logistics, transport, delivery, critical maintenance and repair in relation to the rendering of essential services including components and equipment.

South Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases have risen from a single case on March 5, to over 700 cases as of Wednesday. 


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