Botswana has finally announced intentions to allow alcohol sales after a 2 months ban, as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Addressing the nation on Saturday evening President Mokgweetsi Masisi said his administration plans to lift the alcohol ban.
“As part of opening up our economy government has decided though in a controlled manner, for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages,” he said.
Masisi however called for the nation to drink responsibly, adding that his administration will not hesitate to respond on seeing any signs of none compliance and any threat of transmission.
Masisi repeated that his government continues to do its best to protect the health of the nation whilst safeguarding that our economy is able to endure following the harmful effects of the pandemic.
He still warned that efforts to fight the disease will dent government reserves.
“It must be appreciated therefore, that our on-going efforts to safeguard the future of Botswana in the face of this pandemic will be costly and require that hard choices be made to prioritize the limited resources at our disposal,” Masisi said.