The Czech government has banned spirits sales

The Czech government has banned spirits sales

The Czech government has ramped up an emergency crackdown on bootleg alcohol and issued a blanket ban on spirits above 20% abv. 

The ban covers on- and off-trade sales, the government announced on Friday (14 September). At least 20 people have died and dozens injured after drinking illegal alcohol laced with industrial methanol, according to reports.

The ban follows a government decree last week outlawing spirits sales from street stands, where bootleg alcohol is commonly sold in Czech.

On Sunday, Poland started a 30-day ban of Czech spirits, reports said, citing the country's sanitary inspectorate and health ministry.