Countries around the world have been introducing measures to reduce the harm of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although most countries are calling on individuals to avoid public gatherings and be mindful of social distancing, several countries have introduced tighter restrictions on other aspects of life.
Soon after there were signs of COVID-19 in South African, the government implemented an alcohol sales ban as part of its public health response.
Alcohol has a heavy burden on public health services and the intention of the ban is to relieve the pressure so that energy can be better focussed on tackling the harm caused by COVID-19.
Since the restrictions have been introduced, the country has seen a marked reduction in violence, violent death rate and hospital trauma cases.