South Africa’s police minister has warned restaurants not to hide alcohol in teapots as they try to get a fresh ban on the sale of liquor.

President Rhamaphosa said reckless behavior caused by drinking increased the spread of COVID-19 as he announced the ban early this week after a new fast-spreading variant of COVID-19 being detected.

As part of the new restrictions, South Africa has banned gatherings except for funerals, it has imposed another curfew and ordered all shops, bars, and other venues to be shut by 10:00 pm.