No more travelling out of Erongo

The police will no longer issue travel permits.

21 June 2020 | Local News

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

The Erongo police announced that no travel permits will be issued by the police throughout the region until further notice.

Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu, the regional commander of the Erongo police force, said that members of the public are required to strictly observe the safety measures that include staying home and limiting unnecessary movements at all times and that were put in place by government.

Inspector Ileni Shapumba, the commander for community affairs, said that with the rising number of cases, it is self-explanatory why the police decided not to grant permits anymore.

“In cognisance of democracy, the right thing to do now is to stop everyone from moving out of the region.”

He said that there were numerous complaints received from people in other regions about people travelling specifically from Walvis Bay.

On the question of whether more armed forces would be deployed to ensure that residents adhere to lockdown regulations, Shapumba said that the police are “stretched to the core”.

There are armed law enforcement officers on the ground guarding the various quarantine facilities. They are also at the roadblocks controlling the public’s movement.

“Corona is teaching us to do the right thing even when no one is monitoring us. The public should stay at home and limit unnecessary movement. They should observe the health protocols in place which include sanitizing your hands, wearing your mask and practicing social distancing. We want people to take responsibility and act responsibly.”