These countries are banning alcohol or closing bars in response to coronavirus surges
Elsewhere in the world, bar closures and bans on selling alcohol have become common. As countries face new surges in case numbers, here are some of the governments that have imposed new alcohol-related restrictions.
Spain, just months ago one of the world’s worst-hit countries, has been gradually reopening, following a regional approach. The economically embattled country was eager to start its lucrative summer tourism season when it lifted a national shutdown in June. But the return of tourists — and the crowded bars and clubs that they flock to — has coincided with a sharp spike in new cases.
The northeastern region of Catalonia, which includes Barcelona, has recorded the largest surge. On Saturday, the regional government announced it was shutting nightclubs, as these kinds of crowded and enclosed venues are ideal for the density-loving virus and have been widely blamed for its spread there.
That didn’t deter young people, who instead gathered in parks, on beaches and in the streets to drink …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]