He stressed that through alcohol sales, many families were able to sustain themselves and send their children to school, but the lockdown threatened their livelihood.
“We need this industry to continue to support and feed our families, educate our children and develop the next generation of business leaders, entrepreneurs, doctors, and nurses – many of whom our businesses have afforded us the opportunity to educate,” he added.
Should the government allow shebeen and tavern owners to operate, the consortium said they would work with the police to ensure that lockdown regulations are adhered to and social distancing is implemented.
The group said they could open their taverns and shebeens for the government to use for community screening and testing, as well as to distribute educational material.
They also offered to work with manufacturers in the industry to implement a "click and collect" system, which would require buyers to place their orders beforehand to avoid queues for purchases.
In a bid to protect tavern workers and customers, they said they would educate tavern owners and workers about how to protect themselves from the virus and make sure they always use personal protective equipment.