Alcohol consumption

Beer Association encourages moderate drinking as fourth wave looms

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday evening that lockdown regulations would remain at level one, despite rising infections and the confirmation of a new variant.

FILE: The pandemic remains a threat to the alcohol industry and the livelihoods associated with the sector. Photo: 123rf.com

CAPE TOWN — Fearing a crackdown on alcohol sales as COVID-19-related hospitalizations rise, the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) said on Monday it advocated moderate drinking and adherence to safety measures.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday evening that lockdown regulations would remain at level one, despite rising infections and the confirmation of a new variant.

The pandemic remains a threat to the alcohol industry and the livelihoods associated with the sector.

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The impending fourth wave is of particular concern, as it emerges ahead of the summer vacation and holiday season.

With that in mind, Basa again calls for proper consultation before tougher restrictions like a ban on the sale of alcohol are considered.

These bans are intended to reduce cases of trauma in hospitals when necessary to care for critically ill patients with COVID-19.

However, the association says the government has not provided evidence or data to back up the last four alcohol bans.

He warns that another ban without warning could spell the end of thousands of businesses and livelihoods.

CEO Patricia Pillay said she was counting on the festive season to recover from the R42.2 billion in lost sales that had put more than 233,000 jobs at risk.

She said 30% of local breweries were closing permanently and 165,000 jobs were lost in January.

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