Liquor store owners can breathe a sigh of relief after government relaxes curfew.

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Article highlights:

  • On December 14, the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (SALBA) had written to the National Coronavirus Command Council expressing concerns over the rise in Covid-19 infections, and called on the government to apply a science-based approach and not rush to the “knee-jerk” response of the past restrictions.
  • SALBA spokesperson Sibani Mngadi said: “There is no scientific basis for an implementation of bans or restrictions on the sale of alcohol, which was claimed to be intended to increase hospital capacity”.
  • Besides lifting restrictions on public movement, the government said gatherings would be restricted to no more than 1 000 people indoors, and no more than 2 000 people outdoors.