“People who drink alcohol in groups, let their guards down…” – Minister Dlamini-Zuma
Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has enunciated President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement to suspend alcohol with immediate effect in the country. This comes as the numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths grow unabatedly. South Africa (on Level 3 lockdown) is among top 10 countries in the world which produce higher numbers of new cases of Covid-19 daily.
She says the idea is not to limit people’s rights, but to curb the spread of the virus. Minister Nkosazana-Zuma says: “When people have taken liquor, they get drunk and indulge in irresponsible behaviour. Some of them become violent and start fighting…When they get into their cars they start driving recklessly, creating accidents.”
As the results the casualties of alcohol would be rushed to hospital and take spaces of people who are ill and have Covid-19. “They are also taking away medical personnel who should be in ICU looking after people who have Covid-19 and other diseases,” says the minister. She says it if for that reason that the cabinet took the decision to suspend the sale, transportation and dispensing of alcohol.
Among other tightened regulations:
- Local taxis are allowed to carry 100 per cent load of passengers while long distances taxis should not carry more than 70 per cent. It is compulsory for all passengers and drivers to wear masks.
- Walks in the park are allowed, wearing a mask and social distancing adhered to.
- No visits to beaches.
- Not visiting friends and families, except under exceptional circumstances.
- No inter-provincial visits unless on business and pressing family matters.
- Hotels, lodges, B&Bs bookings are not for leisure; are for quarantine, isolation, business trip purposes only.
- Auctions are allowed under strict regulations.
- It is mandatory to wear masks in public places.
- The curfew between 21:00 and 04:00 is put in place. Employees working on those hours need to carry permits from their employers.