Not many drinkers will raise a glass at the South African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAPAA) Tuesday after the expert forum proposed guidelines that would severely limit alcohol availability in Mzansi during the impending third wave of COVID-19. The group now firmly believes that the government should act “sooner rather than later”. Alcohol restrictions during the third wave “> ‘Close bars at 6:00 pm, reduce the size of the gathering’ – SAPAA wants tougher alcohol restrictions during the third wave
Alcohol bans and restrictions become” policy “whenever South Africa must take a step back on the way out of the lockdown. With a resurgence of the virus now essentially confirmed on our shores, it looks like alcohol will have to take another one for the team – with another period of ban, pending review.
In a statement released Monday, Director Maurice Smithers suggested the following measures:
- During the disaster state, drivers will temporarily be deprived of breath and blood levels imposed.
- Prohibition of all special offers for alcoholics with reduced price drinks during the lockout
- Prohibit any alcohol advertising except for Ve point of sale to relieve the pressure on people to drink.
- Prohibit large alcoholic party events, including street knocks.
- Reduce the number of gatherings to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors.
- Extend the curfew from midnight to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
- Close all consumption places (pubs, bars) from 6:00 p.m. on public holidays and one day before public holidays.
- Reduce the operating hours for bottles of ores.
Will there be a ban on alcohol during the third wave?
To some, these laws seem firm but fair. Others will take a look and be appalled by the depth of its gravity. However, SAPAA firmly believes that the data support more draconian rules when infection rates rise.
“We have seen the additional stress on the health system from trauma related to harmful drinking from car accidents, Incidents of interpersonal violence and gender-based violence. When people consume alcohol, their ability to follow COVID-19 protocols can be compromised – which contributes to the spread of the virus. “
” SAAPA SA urges the government to respond to the looming third wave of the pandemic by tightening current restrictions on access to alcohol. It is best to act sooner rather than later, and the government shouldn’t wait until the health system is overburdened before restrictions are put in place. “ | Maurice Smithers
Support for “Strict Alcohol Laws” Growing
SAPAA aren’t the only voices cracking down on cracks request the ale. Charles Parry – the director of research on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs at SA Medical Research Council – also suggested that “partial sales bans” have not been too effective in the past. However, the professor believes that other restrictions can be imposed instead of a total ban:
South African hospitals versus a total ban. Every time a full ban was put in place, there was a significant drop in trauma volume – which was then lost by allowing even partial sales. “
” Perhaps other measures such as banning advertising and marketing, except at points of sale and limiting the sale of alcohol in container sizes, more likely to encourage heavy episodic drinking. For the third wave, instead of just choosing to limit the days of sale outside of consumption, we should do something different. “