The Liquor Association is calling for taverns to serve as alcohol collection points as that section of the economy is set to open when the country moves to level 3 of the lockdown on 1 June.
The association is made up by more than 50, 000 township-based tarvens and shebeen members.
On Monday, they have called on government to allow their members to serve and operate as collection points for the collection of alcohol.
They say their recommendation is a plan aimed at reducing overcrowding township retail outlets as well as setting township economy back in action thereby minimising the risk of infection.
Winston Said, president of the National Liquor Forum says it would result in limited sales points to only allow alcohol retailers to open in level 3 when between 80% and 90% of sales in townships is driven by shebeens and taverns.
“This mass descent on limited stockists will result in non-adherence to social distancing measures and will no doubt undo much of the good work being done by government in its attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19 within townships,” Hector said.
Also, the huge financial impact brought forth by the ban of alcohol sales on operators in this sector.
“Our members have not been able to pay wages to their employees and to service other operating expenses in their businesses. Should the sale of alcohol continue to be suspended, many of our members may never recover post lockdown,” he continued.
According to the association, working together with government to combat the scourge and associated stigma to fight Covid-19 is “Our commitment”.