Botswana on Monday night suspended all liquor licenses with immediate effect, as a precautionary measure against the surging of COVID-19 infections in the southern African country.
“The suspension of the sale of alcohol is based on the evidence that consumption of alcohol increases the risks posed by COVID-19 due to its negative effects on the adherence to COVID-19 protocols,” Malebogo Kebabonye, Botswana’s Director of Health Services, said in a notice.
All liquor outlets in Botswana shall therefore remain closed and alcohol shall not be sold or consumed in public places until further notice, said Kebabonye.
Botswana has recorded 69,680 cases and 1,125 deaths related to the pandemic while 63,932 people have since recovered from the deadly disease.
Meanwhile, Botswana has inoculated at least 157,288 people with a first dose while 84,280 have been fully vaccinated.