New South Africa Alcohol. This follows meetings this week of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC)

[ New lockdown rules for South Africa ‘ Alcohol banned with immediate effect ]
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced several changes to regulations which form part of South Africa’s COVID-19 alert level 3 restrictions.

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The President updated the country on developments around South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent regulation changes which would be implemented.

This follows meetings this week of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and Cabinet regarding the spread of COVID-19 and the measures which must be taken to control the spread of the virus.

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These include the permittance of all auctions and the opening of parks for exercise, but not public gatherings. Family visits remain strictly prohibited, Ramaphosa said.

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The Latest: Virus rampant, South Africa reimposes liquor ban

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GENEVA ‘ The World Health Organization has reported another record in the increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases over a 24-hour period, at over 230,000.

The U.N. health agency said Sunday the United States again topped the list among countries, with more than 66,000 cases recorded.

The figures don’t necessarily account for delays in reporting of cases, and are believed to far underestimate actual case totals.

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ANALYSIS: ‘Close to a million’ smokers quit under South Africa’s Covid-19 rules? Limits to lockdown research

The first phase of South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown, introduced in late March 2020, put strict limits on what people could do. They could only leave home to get medical care, buy groceries and collect social grants. The sale of tobacco and alcohol was banned.’

The rules have since been relaxed to allow alcohol sales, but the tobacco ban remains ‘ and remains controversial. More than half a million people have signed a petition to repeal it, and a tobacco lobby group has taken the government to court.

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U.S. Hits Another Record for New Coronavirus Cases


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Thousands ignore social distancing to pack beaches in heatwave

Thousands of sun-seeking Britons descended on the coast to enjoy the highest temperatures of the year so far, despite warnings that social distancing is still in place in the UK.’

Resorts such as Southend-on-Sea on the south east coast saw daytrippers enjoying the sun and sand on packed beaches, but many were’flouting the guidance such as’the two metre rule.’

The high temperatures saw the UK officially record its warmest day of the year so far after a heat health alert of 32.6C at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday the end of ‘national hibernation,’ allowing pubs, hotels, and restaurants to reopen on July 4.


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Restaurants take government to court over ‘absurd’ alcohol, social distancing rules

A group of restaurants is heading to court to force the government to allow their patrons to drink alcohol with their meals.

Led by Cape Town-based Chefs Warehouse restaurants, the group said in court papers filed on Wednesday that it wanted the matter to be heard on an urgent basis on Tuesday morning, or as soon soon as possible thereafter.

According to the group, opening up the industry to sell food but not alcoholic beverages is like telling a swimming instructor she can reopen her business but her learners are not allowed to swim in the pool.

The group wants ‘all restaurants in possession of a valid liquor licence” to be allowed to serve booze with meals to their patrons on-site, subject to the conditions of their liquor licence and all other applicable laws.

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