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‘It will be devastating’: DA slams lockdown ‘recommendations’

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it’s conscious that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is contemplating two lockdown restrictions.  

According to DA Shadow Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Dean Macpherson, the NCCC is contemplating curbing the sale of alcohol from Monday to Thursday in “hotspots” in addition to recommending that hospitality institutions, equivalent to eating places and bars, cease serving meals and alcohol by 21:00.

Here are six lockdown modifications that would be applied in SA’s hotspots.



LOCKDOWN ‘RECOMMENDATIONS’ WILL BE DEVASTATING

Macpherson mentioned that ought to the 2 suggestions be applied, it could have a damaging affect on the economic system, in addition to hundreds of eating places throughout South Africa which have solely begun to get again on their toes. 

“These are also not sustainable solutions going forward as businesses cannot factor in a ‘stop/start’ approach every time there is a “wave” of COVID-19,” mentioned Macpherson. 

“What we need to ensure is that the law is enforced, including alcohol-related behaviour change. This is what SAPS and Metro Police should be doing on a daily basis, however, government wants to punish restaurants for its policing failures,” he added. 

‘FORCED TO LEAVE A RESTAURANT, TOLD TO BE IN BED’ 

Macpherson mentioned South Africans are about to embark on their holidays to inject much-needed money into native economies throughout the nation. He went on to say that if they’re being pressured to go away a restaurant at 21:00 or being informed to be in mattress by 22:00, they might very effectively rethink spending their hard-earned money which might be a catastrophic blow.

“While we are not unaware of the strain the healthcare system is under, this is entirely of the making of National Government that has failed spectacularly since 26 March 2020 to build any meaningful healthcare capacity. If this capacity existed, as we were told was the reason for the initial lockdown, then we would not be having this conversation in the first place,” he mentioned. 

“It is once again hard-working South Africans in the liquor and restaurant businesses that will pay with their jobs to cover up for government failures,” he added. 

ANC WESTERN CAPE HITS BACK 

Western Cape African National Congress (ANC) chief Cameron Dugmore launched an announcement on Wednesday saying that the DA has accomplished its finest to keep away from accountability for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Even now in the wake of a flare-up or second wave – it is still opposed to every attempt by our national government to contain and lower casualties,” mentioned Dugmore. 

“From the outset, the DA leadership tried to undermine the national lockdown intended to preserve life and health. They called for the ban on alcohol and cigarettes to be lifted. They even spread mixed messages about the wearing of masks. National leader Helen Zille and Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela talked of simply accepting that the best approach was to reach ‘herd immunity.’ This proved scientifically to be unattainable,” mentioned Dugmore. 

Dugmore mentioned the ANC wants to contemplate critical interventions within the hotspot areas. He went on to say that it doesn’t assist a blanket lockdown nor a “softer approach”.



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