Suspension on alcohol sale was carefully considered

VAAL TRIANGLE - The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the decision to suspend the sale of alcohol was made after careful consideration. The minister who is part of the national coronavirus command council, says alcohol brings people together socially while it also discourages people from using masks, social distancing, and sanitizing. Addressing the media earlier, Dlamini-Zuma outlined six activities that remain banned in South Africa - with family visits topping the list. According to the minister, the ban is still imposed, because “hugging relatives” poses a real danger. The head of COGTA is also concerned about “inter-generational” challenges, with younger family members putting older ones at risk of the virus. No night-time travel will be permitted, with exemptions only including key workers with the correct paperwork, or anyone experiencing a medical or security emergency. Inter-provincial travel will only be allowed for funerals or work. People will be allowed to walk in parks, as long as they are socially distanced and wearing face-coverings, but no citizens will be allowed to visit the seaside and beaches. Dlamini-Zuma has also emphasized that hotels, bed and breakfasts and lodges are still not allowed to operate for leisure.

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