On Sunday 15 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the COVID-19 spread in South Africa a national state of disaster. As part of the Disaster Management Act, government has introduced strict new measures to contain the spread of the virus.

View the president’s full statement.

With immediate effect, all establishments – including bars, clubs, shebeens and restaurants – that sell liquor must close at 18:00 on weekdays and Saturdays, and at 13:00 on Sundays and public holidays. The establishments may only open at 09:00 the next morning with the same regulations applying to all liquor stores.

All on-consumption premises selling liquor, including taverns, restaurants and clubs, are not allowed to have more than 50 people at the same time – or must be closed with immediate effect. Hotels that sell liquor must also implement measures to stop the spread of covid-19. No special or events liquor licences will be granted during the duration of the national state of disaster. All above mentioned establishments must also adhere to strict hygienic conditions during operational hours.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Limitation on the sale, dispensing or transportation of liquor:

  1. All on-consumption premises selling liquor, including taverns, restaurants and clubs, must be closed with immediate effect, or must accommodate no more than 50 persons at any time: Provided that adequate space is available and that all directions in respect of hygienic conditions and limitation of exposure to persons with COVID-19, are adhered to.
  2. All premises selling liquor which provide accommodation must implement measures to stop the spread of COVID-19: Provided that adequate space is available and that all directions in respect of hygienic conditions and limitation of exposure to persons with COVID-19 are adhered to.
  3. No special or events liquor licenses may be considered for approval during the duration of the national state of disaster.
  4. All on-consumption premises selling liquor referred to in sub-regulation (1)
    must be closed —
    (i) between 18:00 and 09:00 the next morning on weekdays and Saturdays; and
    (ii) from 13:00 on Sundays and public holidays.
  5. All off-consumption premises selling liquor must be closed —
    (i) between 18:00 and 09:00 the next morning on weekdays and Saturdays; and
    (ii) from 13:00 on Sundays and public holidays

LISTEN: RESTAURANT REGULATIONS DURING COVID-19

Source: The Government Gazette