The ban on the sale, distribution and transportation of alcohol has been reinstated, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced onMonday night as South Africa moved to Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown. The move was necessitated by the second wave of Covid-19 infections, with the country passing more than a million cases and 27 000 known deaths. There have been 50 000 new cases since Christmas Eve. Ramaphosa said in his address to the nation that the consumption of alcohol in restaurants, nightclubs and taverns contributed to risky behaviour, like not wearing masks and not observing social distancing. Excessive alcohol consumption was also driving the increased number of trauma cases in hospitals. "One of the more difficult areas of regulation relates to the sale of alcohol. The liquor industry is a major employer and an importantcontributor to our economy," the president said. "Our priority at this time, however, must be to save lives." Ramaphosa said the sale of alcohol from retail outlets and on-site consumption would not be permitted. The prohibition on consuming alcohol in public spaces like parks andbeaches would also remain.