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COVID-19 regulations limit alcohol sale hours

Gov­ern­ment gazetted reg­u­la­tions on the nation­al state of dis­as­ter have direct­ed that tav­erns, restau­rants and clubs must be closed by 6pm.

Coop­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tion­al Affairs (CoG­TA) Min­is­ter Nkosazana Dlami­ni-Zuma gazetted the reg­u­la­tions, which out­line rules that need to be adhered to by the gen­er­al pub­lic, on Wednes­day.

Accord­ing to the reg­u­la­tions, the assem­bly of more than 50 per­sons at premis­es where liquor is sold and con­sumed is pro­hib­it­ed.

“All on-con­sump­tion premis­es sell­ing liquor, includ­ing tav­erns, restau­rants and clubs, must be closed with imme­di­ate effect, or must accom­mo­date no more than 50 per­sons at any time — pro­vid­ed that ade­quate space is avail­able and that all direc­tions in respect of hygien­ic con­di­tions and lim­i­ta­tion of expo­sure to per­sons with COVID-19, are adhered to.”

All on-con­sump­tion premis­es sell­ing liquor must be closed between 6pm and 9am the next morn­ing on week­days and Sat­ur­days; and from 1pm on Sun­days and pub­lic hol­i­days.

These times will also apply to all off-con­sump­tion premis­es sell­ing liqour.

The reg­u­la­tions state that in order to con­tain the spread of COVID-19, gath­er­ings are pro­hib­it­ed.

“An enforce­ment offi­cer must, where a gath­er­ing takes place order the per­sons at the gath­er­ing to dis­perse imme­di­ate­ly; and if they refuse to dis­perse, take appro­pri­ate action, which may, sub­ject to the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Act, include arrest and deten­tion,” reads the gazetted doc­u­ment.

Any per­son who con­venes a gath­er­ing; per­mits more than 50 per­sons at a premis­es where liquor is sold and con­sumed is guilty of an offence and, on con­vic­tion, liable to a fine or to impris­on­ment for a peri­od not exceed­ing six months or to both such fine and impris­on­ment.

The reg­u­la­tions state that no spe­cial or events liquor licens­es may be con­sid­ered for approval dur­ing the dura­tion of the nation­al state of dis­as­ter. – SAnews.gov.za

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