FOR IMEMDIATE RELEASE

MONDAY 08 FEBRUARY 2021

EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD STRONGLY CONDEMNS NON-ADHERENCE WITH COVID 19 REGULATIONS FOLLOWING A VIDEO OF A LIQUOR OUTLET DISREGARDING COVID 19 REGULATIONS

The Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) strongly condemns the blatant non-adherence to COVID-19 regulations by patrons at a liquor outlet in East London, which was shown in a very disturbing circulating video. The video shows patrons not wearing masks and total disregard to social distancing. Clearly, the outlet allowed numbers more than what is regulated to enter the establishment, which is against the regulation that prescribes that an outlet can take up to 50% of full capacity.

After intensive investigation, ECLB Senior Inspector together with members of the SAPS visited the outlet to ascertain the veracity of the video footage circulating in social media platforms. Mr Harold Napier Goddard, manager of Buccaneers Bar and Restaurant, admitted to the contravention of the Disaster Management Act and was therefore issued with an admission of guilt fine to the amount of R 5 000 payable before 08 March 2021.

ECLB in partnership with SAPS will continue to intensify its monitoring and enforcement of compliance with COVID-19 19 regulations and trading conditions. Blitz Operations – where liquor inspectors and SAPS make unannounced visits to liquor outlets – are being intensified to ensure that there is maximum compliance with regulations.

‘We urge all liquor traders to adhere to the COVID-19 regulations and their trading conditions. Patrons who visit liquor outlets are encouraged to adhere to COVID-19 health protocols to reduce the rapid spread of the Pandemic. Corona Virus is still with us, we cannot be complacent at this stage” said the ECLB CEO, Dr Nombuyiselo Makala.

The CEO further said: ‘We are in discussions with the liquor industry advising them not to deliver or sell liquor to establishments that have breached the trading conditions.’

ECLB also encourages members of the public to consume alcohol responsibly and ensure that every time they visit liquor outlets, they adhere to all COVID 19 health protocols, which include regular washing of hands, wearing of masks and social distancing.

Cases of non-compliance with trading conditions and COVID-19 regulations can be reported to nearest police station or ECLB Toll Free Number 080 000 0420 OR people can send messages to a WhatsApp Number 076 403 6223 specifying the type of transgression and the details of the liquor outlet and may remain anonymous.

Ends…

For all media enquiries:

Mgwebi Msiya

Eastern Cape Liquor Board Spokesperson

Cell:  060 501 6418

Email: Mgwebi.msiya@eclb.co.za

 

ISSUED BY:

THE EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD

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