Taverners welcome decision allowing them to keep their doors open

A statement by the NLTC on lockdown level 2 and the liquor trade.

The National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC) has welcomed the government’s decision not to place any restrictions on the sale of alcohol.

This means that taverners will be permitted to continue trading as normal, subject to the revised curfew hours and limits on indoor gatherings, as well as their licence conditions.

“We believe not placing any restrictions on the alcohol trade was the right decision by the government,” said Lucky Ntimane, convenor of the NLTC.

"Our members have gone the extra mile to ensure full compliance with all the Covid-19 safety protocols and we remain committed to support the government in the fight against Covid-19. Allowing licensed businesses to continue operating reduces the opportunity for the illicit trade to flourish and allows the legal industry to ensure that alcohol is consumed in a responsible manner. We call on all liquor outlets, our customers and the public at large to remain vigilant and adhere to all the Covid-19 safety measures. We must all play our part to help defeat Covid-19,” said Ntimane.

“We hope this decision is a sign that the government is taking a more scientific approach to managing the pandemic and will continue to do so in future,” concluded Ntimane.

Our members have gone the extra mile to ensure full compliance with all the Covid-19 safety protocols and we remain committed to support the government in the fight against Covid-19.