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Limpopo might ban booze sales to unvaccinated people

Limpopo health MEC Phophi Ramathuba says the province is lobbying the alcohol industry to look at several proposals, including preventing unvaccinated people from buying liquor. Ramathuba told Jacaranda FM this week her department would support any liquor outlets that wanted to refuse service to unvaccinated customers.

According to a TimesLIVE report, she said if the health department doesn't implement strict regulations on liquor, it will be forced to be deal with alcohol-induced trauma cases.

“Our alcohol industry can get on board and indicate that they have a right to refuse to sell alcohol to someone refusing to get vaccinated, because we need to balance the rights,” she said.

She added that people needed a bit of a “push” to understand why they should be vaccinated, and that the proposed regulation would not only be limited to alcohol but to entering stadiums too.

Last week, the popular year-end student festival Rage, widely regarded after the last event as a ‘super-spreader’, announced that partygoers would have to be vaccinated to attend the event, taking place from December 3 to 6 and 8 to 11.

Ronen Klugman, founder and owner of the student festival, said in addition to needing proof of vaccination, attendees would have to present a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before the weekend, notes TimesLIVE.

 

TimesLIVE article – Limpopo health officials considering denying sale of booze to unvaccinated people (Open access)

 

See more from MedicalBrief archives:

 

COVID-19 vaccinations should be mandatory in South Africa

 

Unnatural deaths, alcohol bans and curfews during COVID-19 – SA study

 

Limpopo Health leads the pack in COVID-19 screening and testing

 

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