The National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC) has appealed for government to consider the livelihoods of employees in the alcohol industry, should authorities consider stricter lockdown measures.

It comes as health experts warn of a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 infections ahead of the festive season.

Liquor traders are now pleading with government to exercise caution in their response to the expected fourth wave after the sector was hard hit with previous alcohol bans to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

NTLC Spokesperson, Lucky Ntimane says, “We are aware of the realities of the number of COVID-19 cases in the country and we know that the 4th wave is coming. But we are calling on government to be guided by science and common sense to ensure we go through this unscathed without compromising or sacrificing the livelihoods of those who are dependent on the industry.”

“We, as liquor traders, are vaccinated and we encourage our patrons to vaccinate. So we do not see a need for government to impose harsh restrictions on alcohol as we are part of the solution and not the problem.”

In July, the sale of alcohol was not permitted: