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Source: US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service

On December 28, 2020, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a total ban on the sale of alcohol from stores, restaurants and bars until January 15, 2021, except in the case of exports or for sanitizers. The prohibition is in response to surging cases of COVID-19 that are associated with a new, more infectious strain of the virus. This is the third time since March that the government has banned all alcohol sales. The South African alcohol industry is calling for a review of the ban, stating that there are other ways to address the spike in COVID cases.