Bottle Stores And Other Liquor Outlets Now Allowed To Sell Alcohol
The government yesterday delivered good news to drinkers of the wise waters when it announced that bottle stores can reopen under strict rules as it continues to relax the economy following success in containing Covid-19 infection.
Addressing journalists last night after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said bottle stores and other liquor outlets can now sell alcohol, but on the strict condition that no one drinks on or around the premises.
Since the start of the lockdown in March this year, only supermarkets, with their tight security and refusal to allow on-site drinking, have been authorized to sell alcoholic beverages.
Following representations from the Liquor Retailers’ Association seeking permission for liquor retailers to commence operations, Cabinet resolved that operations could resume in line with COVID-19 regulations and on condition that no liquor is consumed at their premises.
Bars and nightclubs remain closed.
However, some bars and night clubs are still operating in defiance of lockdown regulations, opening behind closed doors.
In some instances, they are reportedly bribing security personnel on patrols who will tip them off whenever they suspect that they are being tracked.
Under the lockdown regulations, almost from the beginning, supermarkets and bottle stores were allowed to keep selling alcoholic drinks.
Bars and night clubs were closed before the national lockdown, but after a very brief ban on alcohol sales at the start of the lockdown, supermarkets, and licensed bottle stores were permitted to resume selling during the hours permitted for food shops, which have gradually been extended from six hours a day to eight-and-a-half hours a day, but with all exempted shops to be closed by 4.30 pm.
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