SA lockdown: Taverns breathe a sigh of relief

Tavern owners and patrons in the townships say they're glad President Cyril Ramaphosa hasn't completely shut down the industry. But there are now stricter lockdown regulations for operating hours and the sale of alcohol. Slindelo Masikane reports. Courtesy #DStv403


JOHANNESBURG - Patrons and tavern owners are breathing a sigh of relief.

To curb the spread of COVID-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced more stringent measures.

Alcohol will now only be sold from Monday to Thursday while the curfew has been extended.

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Taverns and bars are now expected to reduce their operating hours to allow patrons and staff to be home before 11pm.

Tavern owners, staff and patrons have committed to observing COVID-19 protocols to avoid another shutdown.

But it remains to be seen whether these new measures will be enough to save lives and livelihoods.

* eNCA's Slindelo Masikane reports.


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