The sale of alcohol for offsite and onsite consumption is permitted, according to normal licence provisions, and business hours in the case of liquor stores.
- South Africa has moved to alert level 1 following the third wave of Covid-19 infections.
- This means that alcohol sales will be allowed until 23:00 at bars and restaurants while liquor stores will operate at normal business hours.
- Restaurants, bars and fitness centres also have extended hours.
Alcohol sales will now be allowed until 23:00 at bars and restaurants – this as the country has moved to adjusted alert Level 1 of Covid-19 restrictions.
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Thursday night. South Africa has officially emerged from the third wave of Covid-19 infections, the Covid-19 Modelling Consortium noted earlier this week.
“This third wave lasted more than 130 days, and was about two weeks longer than each of the earlier waves.”
At its peak there were 20 000 new cases per day. In the past seven days, the average number of cases was around 1 800 per day. Ramaphosa added that there have also been “sustained” decreases in Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths.
The move to alert level 1 means that the hours of the curfew is now from midnight to 04:00.
The sale of alcohol for offsite and onsite consumption is permitted, according to normal licence provisions, and business hours in the case of liquor stores. But no alcohol may be sold after 23:00, the president said.
Under level 2 restrictions – liquor stores could sell alcohol for offsite consumption between Mondays and Fridays, and had to operate between 10:00 and 18:00. Taverns and restaurants were limited to serving patrons until 22:00.
Nonessential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will need to close by 23:00 to allow employees and patrons to travel home before the curfew starts, Ramaphosa said.
Restrictions will also be relaxed for sporting and cultural activities will also be allowed to resume.
The wearing of masks is still mandatory, Ramaphosa said.
In order to make sure the economy recovers and jobs can be creative, vaccinations are essential, Ramaphosa said.
“If the majority of our population is vaccinated, we can declare South Africa to be a safe destination and welcome tourists back over the summer season.
“We can resume sporting events and concerts, lift restrictions on restaurants and bars, and encourage people to return safely to their workplaces, shops and public spaces,” he said.
If South Africa reaches vaccination targets by the end of the year, further restriction can be avoided and the economy can operate at full force, he said.