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East London Establishment Fined R5000 For Contravening Lockdown Regulations

East London Establishment Fined R5000 For Contravening Lockdown Regulations. The lockdown restrictions made it clear that events and public gathering should not exceed 50% capacity of the venue for indoor events and strict covid-19 rules have to be adhered to when an event is taking place such as using sanitizer, wearing a mask and social distancing. The government announced that events are high risk areas where many people can contract the virus if proper measures are not enforced.

A video of an East London establishment surfaced on social media that goes party goes not adhering to the covid-19 regulations. The video show that the venue had exceeded the maximum allowed capacity and people were not social distancing, wearing masks or using sanitizers. The management of the establishment was arrested and pleaded guilty to the charges of contravening the regulations of the lockdown level 3.

According to Sowetan, BCM spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya said that the management had admitted to contravening the regulations and paid a R5 000 fine for exceeding the maximum number of customers allowed in business premises, after being charged and released.

The metro called for licence regulators to take “tougher actions against all establishments that break the law as this is in breach of their operating conditions.” There have been many videos that have been posted online that show party goers and establishment breaking the lockdown regulations. These establishments are disregarding the Covid-19 regulations in hopes of trying to salvage their businesses as they have not been operating for months and have suffered losses due to the lockdown restrictions.

The Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) has condemned a video that surface of young people celebrating the unbanning of alcohol sales that was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The video shows that the residents are not wearing masks as well as not social distancing while shouting “Buvuliwe” (Its Open). “This is a very concerning behaviour to us to see young people celebrating the availability of alcohol, it also shows the extent to which young people of our country relate to alcohol, which is the reason why most of the ECLB anti-alcohol abuse education interventions are targeting young people in order to educate them about the dangers of alcohol abuse.” said the Board in a statement.

By Thomas Chiothamisi

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