The verdict is in: booze will not be banned for 21 days

Rumours of a looming booze ban have been dismissed by the presidency. File photo.
Rumours of a looming booze ban have been dismissed by the presidency. File photo.
Image: Sebabatso Mosamo

The government will not implement a 21-day booze ban, contrary to a viral post that has been doing the rounds.

Head of digital communications in the presidency Athi Geleba on Wednesday dismissed rumours circulating on social media about a looming ban on the sale of alcohol as a measure to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

The fake poster which purports to be from the SA Police Service (SAPS) says liquor establishments that continue to sell alcohol after March 25 will lose their trading licences. 

One Twitter user said he will buy in bulk in case there is some truth to the fake reports, but Geleba warned against this.

Under alert level 1, the sale of alcohol is permitted during normal pre-lockdown hours.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams also dismissed rumours about SA returning to hard lockdown between March 26 and April 16, saying the national coronavirus command council (NCCC) and the cabinet have made no such decision.

Prof Salim Abdool Karim, the co-chair of the ministerial advisory committee (MAC), told TimesLIVE on Wednesday SA must reinstate some lockdown restrictions and move to level 2 lockdown before the Easter holidays to minimise the risk of a third wave after the holidays.

“I don’t know if we will have a third wave after Easter. But I don't want to wait to find out. I would rather take the precautions and reduce our chances of a third wave,” he said.

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