Level 3: Consumers urged not to panic buy alcohol

South Africa sought to revive its stuttering economy on Monday with the partial lifting of a coronavirus lockdown. Alcohol producer Distell urged consumers not to panic buy. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa sought to revive its stuttering economy on Monday with the partial lifting of a coronavirus lockdown.

Alcohol producer Distell urged consumers not to panic buy.

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Liquor sales resumed on Monday, but for home consumption only.

The sale of alcohol will be allowed from 9am to 5pm from Mondays to Thursdays.

Some consumers started queueing at 3am on Monday morning at liquor stores around the country.

Under Level 3, people have started working, worshipping or shopping. Level 3 also allows mines and factories to run at full capacity.

President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered a strict lockdown at the end of March.

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He announced that the country will move to Level 3 on 24 May.

The rand was trading 0.74 percent up against the dollar at 7.50am after the easing of restrictions.

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Although schools were ordered to open on Monday for Grade 7 and Grade 12 pupils, unions urged teachers and other staff to stay away, saying they were not equipped to keep employees and pupils safe.

The education ministry backed down on Sunday, saying pupils would now return on 8 June. Teachers will report this week for training and to receive protective gear.

"We have heard them (the teachers' unions) ... and are taking steps to address their concerns," Ramaphosa said.

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Source
Reuters