The Botswana government has announced a ban on the sale of alcohol in the country, arguing that alcohol consumption has “negative effects on compliance with protocols” to fight the coronavirus.
“The suspension of alcohol sales is based on evidence that alcohol consumption increases the risks of COVID-19 due to its negative impact on compliance with protocols,” he said in a statement.
He therefore stressed that the measure implied the permanent closure of all liquor stores in the country and that “alcohol should not be sold or consumed in public places until further notice”. The government has emphasized that the ban also applies to “traditional beers”.
The Botswana authorities announced last week the reintroduction of the two-week detention in the capital, Gaborone, about a month and a half after it ended and due to a renewed spike in coronavirus cases in the city.