Continued alcohol ban inconsistent with global trends, says liquor industry

SA is one of very few countries that continue to prohibit all sales of alcohol, says a local industry association. File photo
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The local liquor industry says it’s concerned that SA’s ban on alcohol during the lockdown is inconsistent with the global approach.

According to the SA Liquor Brandowners’ Association (Salba), SA remains one of the few countries in the world that continues to prohibit all sales of alcoholic beverages during lockdown, with more developing economies abandoning the initial prohibition approach.

Sibani Mngadi, spokesperson for Salba, said the country continues to suffer severe revenue losses and a potential long-term negative impact on the economy as a result of the lockdown.

“On April 4, India lifted its six-week prohibition on the sale of alcohol which was meant to prevent gatherings, allowing alcohol sales in bottle stores for off-site consumption. A day before, Thailand took the same approach, allowing the off-consumption sale of alcohol.

“Both countries have allowed e-commerce and home deliveries of alcoholic beverages as a means to limit non-essential movement of people. On-consumption bars and restaurants remain closed to maintain social distancing, which is a critical element of the prevention of the spread of coronavirus,” Mngadi said

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