Alcohol sale, consumption totally prohibited during lockdown

SABC News Bheki Cele - Alcohol sale, consumption totally prohibited during lockdown

Police Minister Bheki Cele says alcohol consumption in public areas and the sale of alcohol during the 21-day national lockdown is prohibited.

Cele was briefing media in Pretoria about measures that his department will be taking to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

“All consumption premises where liquor is sold. This time you are not buying liquor between 9 and 6. All consumption premises including bottle stores where liquor is sold … when you go to these supermarkets there are potions that sell liquor, they shall not. If we find liquor in your boot, that’s crime. For 21 days, please stay sober.”

Cele also refuted earlier statements that jogging and dog-walking will be allowed during the lock-down. He says anyone who breaks the law will be liable for a fine or six months in prison.

“Restaurants shall not operate. There is no need to move around. There shall be no dogs that will be walked. If you break these laws, you are six months in, or a fine or both. The law will act harshly on you.”

Cases of COVID-19 at correctional centres

Speaking at the same briefing, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says there have been 16 suspected coronavirus cases among officials at correctional centres across the country. He says 11 of the officials have tested negative for the virus and results for the remaining five are pending.

“There have been processes of sanitisation; deep cleaning (at) some of the correctional centres, which are still continuing, as we speak. There have been suspected cases from our officials about 16 officials. 11 of them have been cleared from the processes of testing. We are still awaiting results for the five officials.”

Access to transport 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula made it clear that minibus taxis, as well as taxi services like Uber and Bolt, will only be allowed on the roads from 5 o’clock in the morning to 9 am and from 4 o’clock in the afternoons to 8 o’clock at night.

They will only be allowed on the roads if they are carrying essential workers and people who have been permitted to travel.

He added that vehicles licenced for eight (occupants) may only carry three, and cars licensed for four people may only carry one.

“A vehicle licensed to carry up to four people will only be permitted to load one person. A vehicle licensed to carry up to eight passengers will only be permitted to load a maximum of three passengers. Limited bus operations will only be allowed for purposes of rendering essential services. All crossborder road passenger movements will be prohibited.”

Various Ministers deliberating on security measures for COVID-19 ahead of the 21-day lockdown:

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