Some restaurants do not respect the rules, and the government is now getting wind of it: the Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, noted with concern the non-compliance of some restaurants since the country went to alert level 2 of the lock -out two weeks ago – with some problems related to the sale of “ take out alcohol ”.
Restaurants ‘may lose their licenses’ over take-out alcohol complaints
Kubayi-Ngubane explained that complaints have been filed by customers, who have spotted several violations committed while visiting these restaurants. Employees and other industry professionals have also raised concerns. The minister said on Tuesday those companies risked ‘losing their licenses’ showing reckless behavior.
“We have received many complaints from ordinary law-abiding citizens, other operators and employees regarding the situation in these restaurants during level 2. This not only endangers the licenses of these companies, but also endangers endanger the safety of their loyal customers and workers. ”
Level 2: Complaints about restaurants and alcohol
Issues raised with the ministry include:
- Restaurants ignoring curfew laws and remaining open between 10 p.m. and 4 p.m.
- Failure to respect social distancing or wearing a mask among customers.
- Allowing customers to purchase “take out alcohol” – an act that is prohibited at all times by state disaster laws.
When – and where – can South Africans buy alcohol?
The minister confirmed that she has now written letters to restaurants, insisting and calling once again for their cooperation. She said the sector cannot risk seeing the hard-earned gains so far reversed as this will have a devastating impact on the sector’s recovery.
Although liquor stores can only sell alcohol Monday through Thursday, restaurants are allowed to serve drinks whenever they are open. However, they are not allowed to allow customers to leave the premises with an alcoholic product, as this serves to circumvent guidelines issued in August. For now, take-out alcohol remains prohibited in these establishments.