Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

said tobacco will remain banned and booze will only be allowed off-premises, at home.

“The sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products remains prohibited, except when they are destined for the export market,” Dlamini-Zuma announced.

“The sale of liquor in licensed premises will now be permitted as of the 1st of June 2020, for the limited period between Mondays and Thursdays from 09h00 and 17h00. However, onsite consumption is prohibited, and e-commerce sales will be permitted subject to the same onsite trade days and times,” she continued.

Dlamini-Zuma said, as the economy reopens, practising hygiene measures such as handwashing and maintaining a safe social distance, will be “most important” to fight Covid-19 – in absence of a cure or vaccine.

“All the measures we have implemented are difficult, but necessary. We must endure today so as to secure the future of this beautiful nation,” she said.

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