COVID-19 Q&A: Exporting, trading, serving and transporting liquor

Tuesday, 31 March, 2020
WineLand Media
According to the Disaster Management Act and the national lockdown from midnight on 26 March 2020 to midnight on 16 April 2020, the export, sale, dispensing or transportation of alcoholic beverages are prohibited, with no exceptions.

See the following legislation:
Disaster Management Act Regulation 8 – 18 March 2020

Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the escalation of measures to combat COVID-19 (the 21 day lockdown) – 23 March 2020

Amendments to Disaster Management Act Regulation 8 (following the lockdown) – 25 March 2020

Further Amendments to Disaster Management Act Regulation 8 (following the lockdown) – 26 March 2020

Q: What are the practical implications of the lockdown restrictions for the wine industry?

According to the abovementioned regulations (the latest being amended on 26 March 2020), no alcoholic beverages may be sold in the local market (either in the on- or off-trade), exported or transported.

Therefore, there may be no sale or delivery of alcoholic beverages either to an outlet, individual client or port.

Although online sales may continue, no delivery may take place during the lockdown.

In terms of the amendment on 26 March 2020, in which the wine industry has been confirmed as an essential agricultural service, the industry may complete the harvest and related cellar activities to ensure that the 2020 crop isn’t wasted. In terms of this, grape juice which is intended for wine may be transported in bulk, while the transport of alcohol remains prohibited.

As of 27 March 2020 the wine industry is in discussion with Government to lift the ban on exports, and further developments will be posted here.

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