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The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) says it cautiously welcomes President Ramaphosa’s announcement that from Monday, 13 September South Africa will move to adjusted level 2.
Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening. He said on-consumption alcohol sales will be allowed 7 days a week until 22h00 and off-consumption sales from Monday to Friday between 10h00 and 18h00.
BASA said the further easing of restrictions will provide some reprieve to those businesses that have survived the four alcohol bans, which forced the industry to shut down for 161 days since March last year putting just over 240 000 jobs at risk.
The beer industry said it will continue rolling out reasonable interventions that can save both lives and livelihoods during the pandemic. “We call on all liquor outlets and establishments to continue playing their part by enforcing the wearing of masks and social distancing in their establishments. We also call on consumers to drink in moderation and continue taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others from Covid-19.”