New rules for liquor sales
02 June 2020 | Disasters
As Namibia moves into stage three of the coronavirus state of emergency today, liquor sales will be permitted, putting an end to a two-month-long booze ban.
As part of government's fight against the virus, alcohol sales were prohibited from 28 March to 1 June. However, with the new stage, new rules will govern alcohol consumption. While outlets are allowed to sell alcohol, onsite consumption is strictly prohibited. This according to a document by the trade ministry aimed to guide liquor sales.
Drink at home
“It is a condition of an off-sales purchase that no liquor shall be consumed at or in licensed premises, adjoining or adjacent premises or any other place occupied or controlled by the licensee,” the document said.
“Restaurant and shebeen liquor licence holders are by law designated as on-consumption licences and should thus be specially regulated to allow them to sell for off-consumption and within the guidelines of these regulations.”
The regulations also prohibit the advertising of alcoholic products.
“No advertising or promotions of any alcoholic products will be allowed during stage three of the state of emergency, with the exception of brand and/or corporate advertising which promotes and supports, by way of messaging, consumer behaviour pertaining to responsible consumption and overall social behaviour of consumers.”
The distribution of alcohol by anyone other than a liquor licence holder remains prohibited.
The sale of alcohol will be allowed between 12:00 and 18:00 on weekdays and Saturdays, but remains prohibited on Sundays and public holidays.
Liquor licence holders may not sell, supply or deliver alcohol beyond these prescribed hours, except to another licence holder, the document added.