You’ll only be able to buy booze at Level 3 - and only on some weekday mornings

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  • Government has announced details of the five-level economic reopening amid the coronavirus crisis.
  • It shows that liquor sales will only be permitted from lockdown level 3 - and only on Monday to Wednesday mornings.
  • Only from Level 2 will alcohol be freely available. 
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The unconditional sale of liquor will only be permitted when South Africa reaches Level 2 of its "risk adjusted strategy" to fight Covid-19. 

Details of the country’s five-level economic reopening were released on Saturday, including when which industries will be allowed to return to work. South Africa will be moving from Level 5 to 4 on May 1st.

Cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma warned that if there was a sudden surge in infections, South Africa - or the most-affected parts of the country - could move back to a stricter level.

Here are details about what will be allowed under the various lockdown levels:

Lockdown level 5 

  • Food-related industries, energy provision services and certain manufacturing for retail products permitted. 
  • Sale of any food product, including non-alcoholic beverages, personal hygiene and cleaning products permitted. 
  • Sale of tobacco products, liquor and cooked hot food prohibited.
  • Restaurants, take-away, bars and shebeens remain closed. 
  • Taxis, buses and e-hailing services permitted with restrictions on capacity and operating times.
  • Mining at 50% capacity, except for coal mining at 100%. 
  • Everyone stays at home, expect for essential service personnel and for buying groceries. 
  • Air travel, and inter-provincial travel prohibited. 
  • Daily curfew between 20:00 and 5:00. 

Lockdown level 4

  • All agriculture-related, energy provision, and manufacturing (but with limits on how many workers may return) permitted. 
  • Certain construction activities allowed, including public works, building of road and bridges, and repairs.  
  • The sale of hot, cooked food permitted, for delivery only. 
  • Sale of hardware components for emergency repairs, and components sales to essential services permitted. 
  • Sale of stationery, children’s books, personal ICT equipment such as laptops and mobile phones, and tobacco products permitted. 
  • Restaurants, and fast food outlets permitted to return to work for food deliveries only 
  • Open-cast mining to 100% capacity, 50% for other mining-related activities. 
  • Domestic workers may work as support staff for those who are to return to work at Level 4.
  • Exercise such as running and cycling permitted but under strict conditions, and not in groups. 
  • Daily curfew between 20:00 and 5:00. 

Lockdown level 3 

  • All workers will be allowed to return to factories - subject to certain restrictions.  
  • Commercial construction may resume. 
  • Sale of hot, cooked food remains prohibited, except for deliveries. 
  • Alcohol sales from stores on Mondays to Wednesday, between 08:00 to midday. But no alcohol on sale in restaurants, bars and shebeens.
  • Real estate sector allowed back. 
  • Limited domestic air, with a restriction on number of flights and for specific reasons of travel. 
  • All mining at 100% capacity. 
  • Gardening and swimming pool services resume.
  • Recycling, laundry and dry cleaning services permitted. 
  • Daily curfew between 20:00 and 5:00.  

Lockdown level 2

  • All retail allowed - including alcohol, but subject to "directives".  
  • All manufacturing allowed to operate at 100% employment. 
  • Construction of commercial and residential projects. 
  • All retail sales permitted, including liquor. 
  • Business travel permitted, except for conferences. 
  • All repair work permitted. 
  • All private household employment permitted. 
  • Interprovincial travel permitted. 
  • Daily curfew between 20:00 and 5:00.  

Lockdown level 1 

  • All construction projects permitted. 
  • All postal services and courier services such as e-commerce permitted. 
  • All financial and business services permitted.
  • Accommodation services permitted. 
  • Restaurants, including sit-down, permitted.
  • All air travel and ocean travel permitted. 
  • All public administration and government services permitted.
  • Personal services like hair salons, spas and beauticians permitted.
  • Recreational, cultural and sporting activities and facilities permitted at a phased reopening. 
  • No limitation on personal movement. 
  • Public gatherings remain prohibited. 

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