South African Bars to close at 6pm

South African Bars to Close at 18:00

South African Bars and Pubs to Close at 18:00 under new State Rules Published in the Government Gazette Yesterday 18 March

All Bars, Shebeens and Certain Restaurants should close weeknights at 18:00 and Saturdays and Public Holidays at 13:00. This Act follows shortly after the Prevention and prohibition of gatherings Act that was implemented last week.

South African Bars to Close at 18:00
Limitation on the sale, dispensing or transportation of liquor

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.

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.

No special or events liquor licenses may be considered for approval during the duration of the national state of disaster.

All on-consumption premises selling liquor referred to in sub regulation (1) must be closed between 18:00 and 09:00 the next morning on weekdays and Saturdays from 13:00 on Sundays and public holidays. All off-consumption premises selling liquor must be closed between 18:00 and 09:00 the next morning on weekdays and Saturdays; and from 13:00 on Sundays and public holidays.

Offences and penalties

For purposes of regulation 3, any person who convenes a gathering permits more than 50 persons at premises where liquor is sold and consumed or hinders, interferes with, or obstructs an enforcement officer in the exercise of his or her powers, or the performance of his or her duties in terms of these Regulations, is guilty of an offence and, on conviction, liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

A person is guilty of an offence if that person fails to comply with or contravenes the provisions of regulations of these Regulations. A person convicted of an offence mentioned in sub regulation liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment not exceeding six months or to both a fine and imprisonment. Any person who intentionally misrepresents that he, she or any other person is infected with COVID-19 is guilty of an offence and on conviction liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment. Any person who publishes any statement, through any medium, including social media, with the intention to deceive any other person about COVID-19 infection status of any person; or any measure taken by the Government to address COVID-19, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or both such fine and imprisonment.

Any person who intentionally exposes another person to COVID-19 may be prosecuted for an offence, including assault, attempted murder or murder.

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