With South Africa moving into level three of a five-tier coronavirus lockdown from June 1, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on May 24 said that the controversial ban on the sale of alcohol would be lifted for home consumption.
Since the start of the March when the coronavirus pandemic started to take an upward slide, the South African government banned the sale of tobacco and alcohol as part of a broad lockdown. The alcohol was banned so as to reduce the cases of violence thus resulting in reducing the pressure on the health infrastructure already coping with the augmenting COVID-19 cases.
President Cyril Ramaphosa in a televised address announced that alcohol would be sold for “home consumption only” under strict conditions on specified days and for limited hours. He added, “The sale of tobacco products will remain prohibited in alert Level-3 due to the health risks associated with smoking”.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the alert level would now be lowered from Level-4 to Level-3 from June 1, with a “differentiated approach” to deal with “coronavirus hotspots”. Most sectors of the economy will be able to reopen fully under “strict health protocols” and “social distancing rules”, he added.