Updated Corona in the Arctic: Greenland bans sale of alcohol

Nuuk, Greenland. Photo: Lovstromp/Wikimedia

High North News continues its update on the spread of the coronavirus in the Arctic. Greenland authorities have banned the sale of alcohol in stores in the capital Nuuk and in the villages of Kapisillit and Qeqertarsuatsiaat. Prime Minister Kim Kielsen says the ban is a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but also to protect children.

Naalakkersuisut chairman Kim Kielsen said in a press release that he was concerned about children's safety and that the authorities closely monitored alcohol consumption in the homes.

The authorities in Greenland ordered on March 18 that all restaurants and bars remain closed until April 8.

Greenland closed the borders for everyone without Danish citizenship on March 13.

The first case of Covid-19 was reported in Nuuk on March 16. As of today there are 10 infected on the island.

High North News will continue following the developments in Greenland.

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