Getting alcohol through Uber Eats? Remember to stay sober

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Much to the enjoyment of many South Africans, alcohol is finally allowed to be legally bought and sold in the country as we move into level 3 lockdown. As massive queues grow around physical stores many are looking to have their booze delivered, but it’s worth noting some important things about using Uber Eats for this.

In an email to its users, the South African arm of Uber Eats pointed out some important details about this kind of delivery. The first may seem obvious – delivery partners need to check IDs to make sure the recipient is of age – but the second point many may not consider: recipients need to be sober.

While this has always been a part of Uber Eats’ guidelines for alcohol delivery, it’s worth keeping in mind now as many people break out the drinks to celebrate.

“We want the Uber Eats app to be an enjoyable experience for everyone, ensuring that safety precautions and mutual respect is maintained at all times. As part of our Community Guidelines,  delivering alcohol to consumers under the local legal drinking age is prohibited. Couriers have always been asked to check identification as well as intoxication, ensuring Uber Eats is a responsible platform,” an Uber Eats spokesperson tells us.

This is perfectly reasonable to keep everyone involved safe and happy with the exchange, so hopefully this reminder of the rules can help with that.

Alcohol is available for delivery on the Uber Eats app between Mondays and Thursdays during 09:00 and 17:00. Anyone hoping to have alcohol ready for the weekend will, then, need to have it delivered before Friday.

Finally it’s worth mentioning that alcohol deliveries cannot be left untended. As more people choose contactless drop off to stay safe, this isn’t an option here as the two criteria need to be met before the exchange can be completed.

Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of