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Strict rules for selling alcohol for bars, shebeens, liquor stores due to Coronavirus

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Strict rules for selling alcohol for bars, shebeens, liquor stores due to Coronavirus. According to the measures which were introduced yesterday, liquor stores, bars, restaurants and shebeens will only be allowed to sell beer and other alcohol products between 9 am and 6 pm between Monday and Friday.

As part of the radical measures to fight the coronavirus, South Africa has introduced new strict rules which severely limit the amount of time, businesses are allowed to sell alcohol to revellers.

For Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, the trading windows have been even more curtailed. The shebeens, bars, liquor stores and restaurants are now only allowed to sell alcohol for the 4 hours between 9 am and 1 pm.

These restrictions will apply as long as South Africa is still in a national state of disaster. President Cyril Ramaphosa last declared the coronavirus a national disaster. All on-consumption premises selling liquor, including taverns, restaurants and clubs, are not allowed to have more than 50 people at the same time – or must be closed with immediate effect.

These places must also adhere to strict hygienic conditions to minimize the chances of contracting and spreading of the deadly coronavirus. Hotels that sell liquor must also implement measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. No special or events liquor licences will be granted during the duration of the national state of disaster.

The new regulations which came into effect yesterday will see those who violate the prescribed periods of time being liable for arrest and criminal prosecution.

South Africa also introduced new regulations which will see people who intentionally spread the coronavirus facing arrest and prosecution for criminal charges. Part of the regulations announced by the presidency read.

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Regulation 3 deals with the “prevention and prohibition of gatherings”. In this case, a gathering of 100 people is prohibited. The assembly of more than 50 persons at premises where liquor is sold and consumed is also prohibited. The Regulation also makes provision for powers of an enforcement officer to disperse a gathering or in some cases to arrest and detain the organiser of a gathering.

…Regulation 8 deals with the “prevention and prohibition of gatherings”. In this case, a gathering of 100 people is prohibited. The assembly of more than 50 persons at premises where liquor is sold and consumed is also prohibited. The Regulation also makes provision for powers of an enforcement officer to disperse a gathering or in some cases to arrest and detain the organiser of a gathering.

Source – iHarare

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