The ban on alcohol and tobacco is prohibited under the current Level 3 Regulations. The South African Government announced alcohol and cigarette will remain in place throughout the lockdown period. This news has delivered a heavy blow to the restaurant, wine-making and beer-brewing industries.

Then on Wednesday [July 22] The sale of alcohol and tobacco is prohibited under the current Level 3.

“ This decision may be reviewed at any time by the relevant structures should the conditions which necessitated it change. We regret any confusion the tweet has caused,” Government said in a Tweet.

According to Government, patients who suffer from alcohol-related injuries often place a strain on medical resources for extended periods.

“For example, 2% of stab-related admissions (a common trauma associated with alcohol abuse) require admission to the ICU for an average of five days,” it said. “The impact of blunt force trauma is greater. Of 72% requiring hospital admission, 25% are admitted to the ICU for an average of nine days.”