Ramaphosa: Off-site alcohol sales banned for the holy weekend

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering his speech celebrating the Day of Reconciliation. Source: GCIS

Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his address that the sale of alcohol for off-site consumption will be prohibited for four days during the Easter long weekend as a measure to ensure that the much anticipated weekend does not lead to another resurgence of Covid-19 cases.

Easter period, much like the festive season, is a period where South Africans will be traveling home and to churches which might result in a similar situation as that which occurred during the festive season where cases started rising rapidly.

According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, restrictions on alcohol over the Easter weekend are as a result of the “role of alcohol in fuelling reckless behaviour”.

“To this end, the sale of alcohol for off-site consumption will be prohibited this coming Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday”.

“On-site sales at restaurants, shebeens and bars will be allowed, according to licensing conditions, up until 23:00” said President Ramaphosa.

Some of the measures remain unchanged such as the curfew which will be maintained from midnight to 4am.

Public recreational spaces such as beaches, parks and dams will remain open.


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