On September 16, 2012 the Czech Republic continued to enforce a ban on the sales of hard liquor as the deaths and injuries from the methanol laced bootleg alcohol went up. Even Poland prohibited the sales of spirits imported from its southern neighbour.
The ban on the sales of liquor began on September 14, 2012 and is the first blanket ban on the spirits in the country and in the region where drinking alcohol is a common. The regulation on the alcohol sales have traditionally been fairly lax. By September 16, the Czech Republic Health Ministry reported 20 deaths and said that 36 people were in critical condition.