Liquor stores and bars to close at 6pm, keep calm and plan ahead

Please don’t panic buy, we could all use a drink rn.

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All bars will close at 6pm due to the coronavirus. Plus liquor stores will stop selling alcohol from 6pm. Before you rush out to panic buy, remember not to be a d*ck. Just plan ahead, guys.

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Last Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster. Schools, some universities, and many businesses have closed. Concerts, sports games and major events have been cancelled. So the liquor rule shouldn’t come as a shock. But it still stings. There are now 116 confirmed cases of coronavirus in SA.

When and how to get your booze?

So bars will close before 6pm, but so will liquor stores, shebeens, clubs and restaurants that sell liquor. When will it start? Now. With immediate effect. This rule applies to all weekdays and Saturdays. Sundays and public holidays, the liquor curfew is 3pm.

The government introduced this new rule as part of the Disaster Management Act to contain the spread of the coronavirus, News24 reports.

When should you get your booze? Before 6pm, obviously. But bear in mind that establishments may only open at 9am the next morning. So get your ducks in a row. Consider alcohol delivery options too.

And remember to wash your hands after you go outside, accept a delivery, touch cash, touch a bank card – basically just always wash your hands.

Coronavirus is killing the jol, for a neccessary reason

As you probably know, the president has banned all gatherings of over 100 people. Now, a similar, stricter rule (of 50 people max) applies to clubs and bars.

All places selling liquor (taverns, restaurants, bars clubs) are not allowed to have more than 50 people at the same time. If they do, they must close with immediate effect. Obviously, these places also need to sanitise up, generally.

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Your fave drinking spots might take a hit

The new rule will not only affect your social life and drinking habits. It will also have serious consequences for bar owners and small businesses. Entrepreneurs are already having a tough time, especially in the hospitality and entertainment industries.

But this could be the nail in the coffin for bar and restaurant owners, who still need to pay rent. There will be no special/event liquor licenses during the national state of disaster either. 

So your fave watering holes may take a hit, or even go under. Unfortunately, people and companies are feeling the impact of COVID-19 across industries and across the world. Let’s check in on each other (via phone calls and skype).

And – don’t panic buy alcohol. Times are tough and it’s scary, but we’re in this together. Just like we all need toilet paper, soap and hand-sanitiser, most of us could use a drink rn.

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