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BREAKING NEWS: Sale of alcohol suspended with immediate effect, new curfew imposed

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the immediate suspension of the sale of alcohol and a curfew between 9 pm and 4 am effective from Monday.

Picture: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the immediate suspension of the sale of alcohol to alleviate the pressure placed on hospitals by alcohol-related incidents. He said this was necessary to conserve beds in hospitals for Covid-


“There is now clear evidence that the resumption of alcohol sales has resulted in substantial pressure being put on hospitas, including emergency and trauma units, from motor vehicle accidents, violence, as well as related trauma that are alcohol reduced. 

The president has also announced the implementation of a new curfew from 9 pm to 4 am. Only people who are travelling to and from work and those travelling to hospital will be allowed out during this time, Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa also announced that the wearing of masks in public is mandatory and that steps will be taken to firm up the regulations governing it. He said that many people had been lax when it came to the wearing of masks and that this had contributed to spreading the coronavirus.
Another significant change in the regulations is that taxis operating locally may load 100 percent of its capacity but that windows must remain open during the entire journey. For long distance journeys, the regualtions remain unchanged.

If you think you have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus, please call the 24-hour hotline on 0800 029 999 or visit sacoronavirus.co.za