Partial lockdown extended in Eswatini

Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku has announced an extension of the strengthened partial lockdown measures by another four weeks with effect from midnight, Thursday, 21 January 2021. “Further, the sale of alcohol is banned with immediate effect for the duration of the 4 weeks. The Acting PM remarked: “ Acting PM: “This measure is meant to disrupt the galloping spread of the virus. We have witnessed many imbibers ignoring the directive to only consume alcohol at home, thereby congregating in groups where they remove masks and share their drinks. Any retailer who offends this directive will face serious consequences including the suspension of their trading license as it has happened recently to others. The ban of alcohol sales is, however, not a ticket for the black market and illegal home brews to emerge. Law enforcement officers, including community police working with Regional Task Teams, will be very vigilant in monitoring that this illicit activity does not resurface 

“ The curfew is between 8pm and 4am and will continue for the duration of the extended restrictions. This also applies to the movement of vehicles”, Themba Masuku added. 

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