Weekend sales of alcohol thriving – Nampol

Illicit weekend alcohol sales in defiance of public health regulations have become a booming trade, the Khomas regional police commander says.

12 July 2021 | Crime

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK

Despite the ban on the sale of alcohol from Friday to Sunday, Khomas police commander Ismael Basson says it seems as if alcohol sales are booming on weekends.

He was commenting on a police operation conducted last weekend.

“The sale of alcohol is worrisome. Every second person we found seemed as if he or she was under the influence of alcohol despite the limitation on the sale of alcohol from Friday to Sunday. We have observed that alcohol is being sold illicitly and this has become a lucrative business,” Basson said.

Worrisome

Equally worrying to Basson was the movement of persons after the 21:00 curfew.

“What is worrisome is the lack of compliance with the regulations. People are moving after nine as if it is business as usual,” Basson said.

According to Basson, the fight against Covid-19 is up to each and every individual.

“We must comply and stick to the Covid-19 regulations. It is for us to overcome the virus together and contain it. We must stick to the protocols and protect ourselves and our families; all of us are in this fight together,” Basson said.

Blatant disregard

Deputy information minister Emma Teofelus, who had joined the police on their patrol, said it was worrisome that there was no compliance with the Covid-19 regulations.

“We still have challenges with public compliance. Many people continue to roam the streets aimlessly in large numbers without wearing their masks and social distancing, others continue to hold private gatherings with more than 10 people and they too do not wear masks consistently or correctly or social distance,” Teofelus said.

Teofelus urged members of the public to adhere to the regulations.

“I implore the citizens to please comply with the regulations if we are to make headway in overcoming this pandemic. I think we can all agree that we cannot take any more deaths and hospitalisations of our loved ones,” Teofelus said.

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