Covid measures further relaxed

14 September 2021 | Government

Having reviewed current health measures, the following regulations will come into effect for a period of thirty (30) days from Thursday, 16 September 2021 until midnight, Friday, 15 October 2021, since the current regulations expire at midnight on Wednesday, 15 September 2021.

President Hage Geingob announced today that public gatherings as defined in the regulations have been adjusted to allow 150 persons per event. The number of spectators at sporting events is permitted, up to 150 spectators per event.

The Curfew will be extended to begin from 23:00 to 04:00 daily.

Burials of persons who succumbed to Covid-19 or whose deaths are Covid-19 related, must continue to take place within a period of 10 days and all meals must continue to be served on take away basis.

The restriction on the number of persons attending public gatherings capped at 150 persons per gathering applies to mourners, but excludes essential workers.

Liquor sales

Restrictions related to liquor were relaxed mid-way during the current dispensation to facilitate increased business activity. The measures related to the sale of liquor remain as per amendment of 6 September 2021.

This means:
a. Where the seller is a holder of an off-sales licence, sales may take place from 09:00 until 22:00, Monday to Friday and from 09:00 until 13:00 on Saturday;
b. Where the seller is a holder of an on-consumption licence (such as bars, shebeens, casinos, gambling and betting houses), the sale of alcohol may take place from 09:00 until 22:00, Monday to Saturday. No sale of alcohol on Sunday and public holidays.
c. Where the seller is a holder of an on-consumption licence (such as hotels, restaurants and accommodation establishments), the sale of liquor served with meals, is permitted from 09:00 until 22:00, Sunday to Sunday.

Reasons

The president said that two weeks ago, certain amendments were made to the Covid-19 Public Health Regulations, including the duration of PCR test results to enter Namibia.

These amendments, which were gazetted on 6 September 2021, came about following consultations and engagements with stakeholders in government, the private sector and business associations.

“We trust that the amended measures will facilitate business operations and thereby support the quest to safeguard lives, while supporting livelihoods.”

The president reminded business associations that during consultations, undertakings were made that business owners would put certain measures in place to minimize risk and help prevent the spread of new Covid-19 infections.

Geingob said that these include the provision of sanitizing and handwashing stations at shebeens and bars; limitations to the number of players at gambling machines to one person at a time; prevention of overcrowding in shebeens and bars as well as the promotion of vaccination amongst patrons at bars and shebeens.

“It has unfortunately been observed that the measures agreed to have not been wholly implemented. We call upon our business people, those in the North who petitioned government, to keep their end of the bargain and put the agreed measures in place.”