GABORONE, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Botswana has announced intentions to allow alcohol sales after a two months ban, as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Addressing the nation through the national broadcaster Botswana Television on Saturday evening, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said his administration intends 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," said Masisi.
Peggy Serame, the minister of trade and industry, is expected to share details on the proposed opening on Sunday.
Masisi however pleaded with the nation to drink responsible, adding that his administration will not hesitate to respond on seeing any signs and evidence of none compliance and threat of transmission.
Masisi reiterated that his government continues to do its best to safeguard the health of this nation whilst ensuring that our economy is able to survive following the deleterious effects of the pandemic.
He however warned that efforts to fight the respiratory disease will dent government coffers.
"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. Enditem