Cyril Ramaphosa has directed South Africans to buy alcoholic drinks from the 1st of June for the first time in more than 60 days.
The country was locked down as a result of its increasing number of cases of the deadly Coronavirus and this meant that several lifestyles which citizens were used to were restricted and it included the sale of alcohol.
On Sunday, South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa in his speech stated that the country will now be moving to level 3 of lockdown restriction and this includes the sale of alcohol, however, sale of tobacco is still banned.
Although South Africans can now buy alcohol, however, its consumption can only be done at home and nowhere else.
In his speech, Cyril Ramaphosa said
“Alcohol will be sold for home consumption, only under strict conditions on specified days, and for limited hours. Announcements in this regard will be made once we have concluded discussions with the sector.
The sale of tobacco products will remain prohibited in alert level 3 due to the health risks associated with smoking.
All gatherings will remain prohibited except for funerals, with no more than 50 people.
Any place, open to the public, work, cultural, sporting, entertainment, recreational, exhibition and organisational or where similar activities may take place will remain closed.”
Ramaphosa said though the number of Covid-19 infections was still expected to rise, the country could not remain on lockdown indefinitely.