Alcohol and cigarettes will be prohibited under level 4 restrictions, the government announced this on Wednesday night.
Governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said alcohol is not yet permitted in level 4
He went on to say that, for “health reasons”, cigarettes, tobacco and linked products including vaping will also be restricted.
Dlamini-Zuma said there were about 2,000 public comments against the idea to permit the sale of cigarettes. A discussion was also conducted within the government.
“Government looked into the issue and debated the advantages and looked at it and concluded that we must continue as we were when it comes to cigarettes and tobacco products that we should not resume the sale,” she said.
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“Besides the effect it has on a person’s lungs, the way tobacco is shared does not give room for social distancing. The virus will be passed on among them.”
“There were lots of other health-linked reasons. Covid-19 related reasons why the people were against the sale of tobacco. So the sale of tobacco and tobacco-related products like cigarettes will not permitted ,” she said.
She said the ban on tobacco will still stand , as well as the ban on alcohol sales.
“It hasn’t been permitted, it’s still prohibited, just like alcohol that is all forms of liquor are not allowed in terms of sale.”
Dlamini-Zuma said those who make their own home made alcoholcould also be going against the law if they do not consume it themselves at home.
“The moment you start giving it to others, it will now be called distributing and selling , and that is against the law” she said.
The minister was highlighting the new regulations under level 4 of the lockdown, which will see an estimate of about 1.5 million people return to work.
The tobacco industry was strongly against the initial ban and urged the government to rethink the decision. They previously threatened to take the matter to court .