Beer Association calls for moderate, responsible drinking

Beer Association calls for moderate, responsible drinking

The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) has urged South Africans to act responsibly now that booze is back the shelves.


Drinkers can once again buy their favourite tipple after the country moved to Level 2 of the lockdown at midnight on Monday.

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The association said in a statement on Monday there needs to be an emphasis on responsible and moderate alcohol consumption.

"In this way, we can safeguard the 414 886 livelihoods the beer industry supports while also prioritising lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In this regard, the beer industry, along with the broader alcohol industry, is implementing a number of programmes to ensure the responsible trade of alcohol and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

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The association said it is committed to working with government to address any contraventions of the lockdown regulations.

"We call on liquor outlets to play their part by adhering to the rules of trade stipulated in the Alert Level 2 regulations, to enforce the wearing of masks and social distancing in their establishments. 

"We also call on consumers to drink in moderation and continue taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.”

The association warned that increased restrictions or another ban could be a final blow for many businesses already struggling to get back on their feet.

Meanwhile, liquor outlets say they expect an influx of people to shop at their stores later on today, as the ban on the sale of alcohol is lifted.

Shops can sell alcohol between 9am and 5pm and only from Monday to Thursday. 

These locals were out early and shared their views about the ban.

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