Suggested regulations for liquor sales during level 3 lockdown

Suggested regulations for liquor sales during level 3 lockdown | Image: Unsplash

The government has promised South Africans that the sale of alcohol will return once the country (or certain parts of it) move onto phase 3 of lockdown.

To ensure that liquor sales return in an orderly fashion and that demand is met and kept, the Liquor Traders Association of South Africa (LTASA) have submitted their own recommendations to help manage the massive influx of people wanting to purchase liquor and better help establishments handle the demand.

While initial – and ridiculous – level 3 regulations drafted out suggest that liquor stores can only trade Monday to Wednesday from 8 am to 12 pm, the LTASA says these hours will do more damage than good and even lead to crime and looting. Instead, to keep up with demand and ensure the safety of drivers and store owners, the LTASA suggests liquor stores should trade Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

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A limit on the amount of alcohol will also be applied – according to reports, the current recommendation is that each customer may only buy five items.

Below is a list of further regulations that the LTASA suggests. Government has yet to respond to the revised regulations suggested. Read more on the latest COVID-19 related news, right here.

– Additional security staff provided for stores

– Customers required to bring identification to stores during the purchase

– People with surnames starting with A to M should be allowed to buy alcohol on Mondays and Wednesdays

– People with surnames starting with N to Z should be allowed to buy alcohol on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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