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Alcohol outlets to close at 6pm

In a fight against Corona Virus preventative measures have been put in place to avoid escalation of the disaster in a government Gazette. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma signed the government gazette on Tuesday after the President declared covid19 to be a national disaster.

As part of regulations, Dlamini Zuma said government was placing a limit on sales and transportation of liquor.  Pubs and clubs will now be limited to 50 patrons at a time as part of measures to combat the Corona Virus.

“All registered or licensed on-consumption liquor premises which can accommodate, including taverns, restaurants and clubs, must be closed with immediate effect, or must be limited to accommodate no more than 50 persons: Provided that adequate space is available and that all directions in respect of hygienic conditions and limitation of exposure of persons with the Covid-19 virus are adhered to,” she said.

The government has also warned that any clubs, restaurants or liquor outlets who do not adhere to the regulations may be imprisoned for up to six months in jail.

“Any person who convenes a gathering; permits more than 50 persons at premises where liquor is sold and consumed; or hinders, interferes with, or obstructs an enforcement officer in the exercise of his or her powers, or the performance of his or her duties in terms of these regulations, is guilty of an offence and, on conviction, liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment,” the Government Gazette warned.

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