President Cyril Ramaphosa stopped short of banning alcohol sales as he moved the country’s lockdown level one notch higher to deal with a third wave of infections that’s threatening to overwhelm hospitals.

Supermarkets and other businesses selling alcohol for consumption at home will only be allowed to do so between Monday and Thursday, a restriction that's less severe than what was being recommended by scientific advisers, and something that will come as a relief to the industry. The curfew will start one hour earlier at 10pm, meaning nonessential establishments such as bars, restaurants and taverns will have to close at 9pm to allow patrons and workers to get home in time. ..

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