Covid-19 restrictions remain as is

31 July 2020 | Government

President Geingob announced that the current Covid-19 stage 3 level of restriction applicable to the Erongo region and the special dispensation for the local authority areas of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis will remain unchanged and is extended from Tuesday 4 August until midnight on Monday 31 August.

The Erongo enforced restrictions were due to lapse at midnight on Monday, 3 August.

The other 13 regions of the country will remain under stage 4 level restrictions coming into effect from midnight, 3 August 2020 to midnight 17 September 2020.

The president also announced revised measures to curb the spread of the virus.

These include the reduction of persons attending public gatherings from 250 to 100. The sale of alcohol is to remain on a takeaway basis and for consumption in private dwellings, shebeens and bars. For restaurants and hotels, on-site consumption of alcohol is permitted, as per the current arrangements under stage 4.

Contact sports will also be permitted, but no spectators are allowed. Unregistered sports activities that draw crowds must be discouraged.

The president added that the face-to-face mode of instruction is suspended for early childhood development, preprimary and grades 1 to 9, across the country from 4 August 2020, for 28 days.

Grades 10, 11 and 12 will be permitted to continue with face-to-face instruction.

According to the president these difficult decisions were arrived at in consideration of the vulnerability and risks associated with the spread of the virus.

With regards to tertiary institutions where ICT infrastructures are adequate to enable online teaching, learning will continue remotely.

Vocational education training providers will continue with face-to-face education for the specified period and as provided for under the current regulations.

President Geingob called on Namibians to adhere to the regulations as well as health and hygiene protocols, which are regarded as the first line of defence in the fight against Covid-19.

He encouraged members of the public to wear masks at all times in public spaces, maintain social distancing, avoid crowded public gatherings and unnecessary travel to and from different parts of the country.

“The severe restrictions imposed on the movement of people under a lockdown are effective in slowing the spread of the virus. However, such severe restrictions need to be sustained over an extended period of time to effectively eliminate the risk of infection. Our experience has taught us that a full lockdown of social and economic activities comes at an equally high premium and cannot be sustained over a prolonged period of time.”