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'Allow taverns to serve as alcohol collection points' - National Liquor Forum

26 May 2020 4:43 PM

Liquor associations are asking the government to allow taverns to serve as alcohol collection points under level 3 of lockdown.

The National Liquor Forum is appealing to government to allow taverns with on-consumption licenses to trade as off-consumption under level 3 of lockdown.

Last week, during his address to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the ban on the sale of alcohol would be lifted under level 3 under strict conditions which would include at-home consumption only.

But the NLF says the conditions means thousands of taverns will be excluded:

It means that township-based taverns which have got 'on consumption' license will therefore not be able to sell alcohol.

Winston Hector, President -National Liquor Forum

We have made a special plea to government to assist our members to also start making a living.

Winston Hector, President -National Liquor Forum

Our concern is that if they only allow retailers to open up...there will only be limited sales points...

Winston Hector, President -National Liquor Forum

It has been a tough few weeks for taverns which were forced to close at the start of lockdown in March as part of government's efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.


26 May 2020 4:43 PM

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