Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Drinking bans are back in fashion during the Covid pandemic. But experts are wary of Prohibition 2.0

Officials have justified crackdowns on social drinking as a way to enforce social distancing. The results, as shown here in central London in July, have been mixed.

By Zamira Rahim, CNN

London (CNN) - South Africa is slowly emerging from one of the world's strictest Covid-19 lockdowns. As the threat of the pandemic loomed in March its government sealed national borders, restricted public transport use and -- in a particularly controversial move -- banned the sale of alcohol for several weeks

Government officials believe the drinking restrictions significantly reduced pressure on the country's hospitals and have hailed the results as a policy success.

Yet the long-term impact of such strict measures is unclear. Elsewhere, the country's alcohol trade bodies say the industry has been devastated by the ban. Many workers in the sector took to the streets to protest the ban in July.  Read more >>