BREAKING: Alcoholic drinks will go on legal sale again in South Africa on Monday, after 66 days of prohibition due to the national coronavirus lockdown. Government ministers made the announcement this afternoon, in a preview of regulations not yet published – but much less strict than originally envisaged. Alcohol will be sold from Monday to Thursday from 09:00 to 17:00. Bars, restaurants and taverns will be able to sell booze too, on a takeaway basis. All online sales of alcoholic drinks will also be allowed from Monday, with distributors allowed to start moving booze around in preparation from Friday.
However, according to the new regulations, restaurants, bars and taverns will also remain closed, except for the delivery or collection of food or alcohol in some cases. Conferences, events, entertainment and sporting activities remain banned.
Personal care services such as hairdressers, beauty services and tattoo parlours will also remain closed under level 3 of the national lockdown. An urgent court bid has been launched at the Western Cape High Court to allow hairdressers to be able to trade, under strict conditions during lockdown.
Other regulations include:
- Domestic air travel will be permitted from a date to be announced by the minister of transport.
- Residents still need a permit to travel to another province.
- People arriving at places of worship must be screened upon arrival.
- Hotels and lodges also remain closed.
- The exercise curfew has been extended from 06:00 to 18:00, but South Africans cannot exercise in groups and must wear a mask.
- Residents can visit their families in their local area, but not across provinces.
- People can get married under an official, but wedding celebration gatherings are still prohibited.