Alcohol industry fears another booze ban for Easter, Covid-19 third wave

Johannesburg – With the possibility of the Easter break, the liquor industry is anxious another liquor ban will be imposed.

Role players in the hard-hit sector are waiting to see whether President Cyril Ramaphosa could announce stricter lockdown regulations for the Easter long weekend.

The alcohol industry has lost R36.3billion inn revenue due to the various alcohol bans over the last year.

The Liquor Traders Association said that it was mindful that it needed to play its part in efforts to circumvent a potential third wave of Covid-19 infections.

National convener Lucky Ntimane said that they were open to reducing their trading hours and days, however, an outright ban would not be sustainable.

“The majority of our liquor traders, 70% of which are small to medium enterprises, we are really struggling to survive hence the talk of a ban as a way for government to deal with the COVID-19 third wave worries us.”

Ntimane added that the onus is on the public to ensure they remained compliant and consumed liquor responsibly by not contributing to an increase in alcohol-related trauma.

 

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