South Africa | COVID-19 Restrictions on domestic sales of Alcoholic Beverages

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The EU is monitoring all the measures implemented by other countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a view to analyse whether they are timely-removed

On 25 March 2020 the second COVID-19 Regulations were promulgated to apply from 26 March 2020 until 16 April 2020 during the lockdown period. The lockdown period has now been extended to 30 May 2020.

Alcohol has not been considered under the 25 March COVID-19 Regulations as an essential good and thus cannot be traded. Exports of SA alcoholic beverages were also prohibited during a couple of weeks but has since been allowed. The result of this has been a temporary ban on the sale of beer, wine and spirits in late March, in part to ease the burden on hospitals and reduce the temptation for large gatherings.



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