The decisions on whether or not to permit or prohibit alcohol sales during high surges of the COVID-19 pandemic have been wrought with political, social, economic and industry pressures. While the evidence suggests that alcohol use during lockdown is exacerbating domestic violence and alcohol abuse (with implications for the social and health sectors), the concerns about lost income to the hospitality industry in reduced alcohol sales and jobs, and to a country due to reductions in collection of alcohol taxes highlights economic and political strife. What evidence have countries in Africa used to make their decisions on bans versus permissions? On lives vs livelihoods? On Adherence vs Circumvention? See below for more information.