In a media briefing on Thursday, the National Command Council (NCC) confirmed that the ban on alcohol sales will remain in place during the national lockdown.
Deputy President Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma also stressed the fact that transporting of alcohol is prohibited, saying, “The only alcohol that is allowed to be transported is the one that is used for sanitizers. The liquor that you drink is not allowed to be exported in the same way that it is not allowed to be sold.”
The current regulations on the ban of alcohol will only be lifted after the lockdown which has been extended to 30 April.
Minister Jackson Mthembu added that the cigarette ban will also not be lifted during the lockdown period.
The following changes, applicable to certain industries, were also announced:
– Warehouses providing essential service assistance can reopen to keep supply chains going
– Call centres that deal with insurance claims can run with a skeleton staff
– Plumbers and electricians can do emergency call-out services
– Vehicle mechanics can do likewise for emergency cases
Dlamini-Zuma said not all regulations will be lifted on 30 April but that every week changes will be made to ease into the end of the lockdown. “Probably every week we are going to be announcing which areas are going to be opened, and the conditions of those openings,”