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Alcohol sales, curfew and hotspot recommendations by the NCCC

Article by Emma Clayfield

On Tuesday, the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) met to strategise and come up with recommendations to a prevent potential second-wave, due the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in provinces like the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.

The NCCC unanimously agreed that a curfew, limited crowded events and a restriction on alcohol sales will help reduce the number of new infections.

The council agreed that a 22:00 curfew in COVID-19 hotspot areas should be put in place, and alcohol sales should be changed from normal retail hours to Monday to Thursday. Tarvens, pubs and restaurants are also expected to close at 21:00.

As recommended by the NCCC, the consumption of alcohol in public places like parks and beaches should be banned again.

Public gatherings and events in hotspot areas with a spike of COVID-19 infections should be limited to 100 people indoors, and 250 people outdoors; including religious events.

According the NCCC, regionalised restrictions will have to be put in place in areas like Garden Route and Nelson Mandela Bay, and the rest of the country will remain on level 1 until stated otherwise.

In a meeting, Western Cape premier Alan Windes, a decision was still yet to be made and he will announce the decision on Thursday, 3rd December 2020.

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