Alcohol ban lifted, curfew eased and beaches reopened this week


Alcohol Ban
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According to a report by News24, the government has discussed lifting the national alcohol ban in several meetings over the past week.

As the rate of infection slows down, the ban, which is in place until February 15th, might be lifted sooner. According to their report the alcohol ban, as well as other restrictions, were mooted last week Wednesday when the National Coronavirus Command Council met, as well as during a meeting with Nedlac on Saturday and again on Sunday when the Presidential Coordinating Council met.

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According to TimesLIVE, the country could be moved down to alert level 2 this week with the alcohol ban being lifted, curfew eased and beaches reopened.

“The ban on the sales and distribution of alcohol is expected to be lifted when the country moves to a lower Covid-19 lockdown level this week,” TimesLIVE reported. “This as Cabinet is expected to ease Covid-19 restrictions, which will see the country move to alert level 2.”

The change in regulations must be approved by Cabinet, which is due to meet this Wednesday (3 February). The presidency has yet to confirm when Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation next.

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