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Non-compliant liquor users to be penalised

Tourism minister Chief Joang Molapo

March 25, 2020 1 min read

MASERU – Patrons and liquor establishments that fail to comply with a new alcohol business curfew, which runs between 10am and 6pm face serious fines coupled with seizure or cancellation of licenses for traders.

This announcement was made by the Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture, Chief Joang Molapo on national television on Tuesday. Molapo said the regulation is intended to save the lives of Basotho through discouraging public gatherings.

The minister further cautioned the nation that the regulation will be vigorously enforced.

This, he said is in line with safety measures taken by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
He said during the week days, off sales, public bars, clubs and shebeens will open from 10am to 6pm, adding they will operate between 10am and 2pm over the weekends.

 


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The virus also known as COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Although there are no confirmed reports of the virus in Lesotho, the country’s only neighbour; South Africa recorded 554 cases by end of business on Tuesday.

The virus which reportedly originated from China, in the Wuhan Province has to date claimed over 18 000 lives worldwide, with Italy suffering the highest death-toll of over 5 000.

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