Amended regulations to break momentum of Covid spread

15 June 2021 | Government

President Geingob announced that considering the unfolding trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country and the imperative to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of Namibians, the existing Public Health Regulations announced on 28 May and set to expire on 30 June, will be amended.


The president said that the aim of this adjustment is to break the momentum of the pandemic, currently characterized by ‘Widespread Community Transmission’ in the country.

The adjustments which will come into force at midnight on Wednesday 16 June 2021, for a period of fourteen (14) days until 30 June 2021, are as follows:

1. Windhoek has recorded 52 percent of total cases in the country and is currently the epicenter in the fight against Covid-19. To contain the further spread of the disease, exit and entry into the Windhoek-Okahandja-Rehoboth Local Authority Areas is restricted. With exception for returning residents; essential service providers in possession of the relevant permit; emergency medical cases and the transportation of human remains to other regions for burial purposes, will be allowed.

2. Public Gatherings as defined in the Regulations, are reduced to ten (10) persons per event and should not last longer than two (2) hours for indoor events.

3. The Curfew shall remain in force countrywide, as per current Regulations, from 22:00 to 04:00, daily.

4. Education: Face-to-Face teaching and learning for Primary, Secondary schools and Higher Education Institutions including Technical Education Providers, in affected areas, is suspended effective 17 June to 30 June.
a) However, for the rest of the country, the Minister of Education, Arts & Culture will announce a ‘Winter Holiday’, with exception for Grades 10, 11 and A-Levels who need to continue Face-to-Face learning in preparation for external examinations.
b) All examinations for tertiary students will be undertaken online.

5. Restrictions related to liquor: The sale and purchase of liquor from shebeens and bars, is restricted from 09:00 to 18:00, Monday to Saturday, on take-away basis only. The on-site consumption of liquor is prohibited, except at restaurants, guesthouses, hotels and similar establishments where guests reside.

6. Gambling Houses and Night Clubs are deemed to be high-risk under the circumstances and will not be permitted to operate. Kapana traders may only operate for takeaway and private consumption.

7. Sports: All contact sports as defined in the Regulations, are prohibited and no spectators will be permitted at live sporting events.

8. Passenger Restrictions: To make adequate provision for Physical Distancing and to avoid overloading in motor vehicles, all public transport operators may only load passengers to half the capacity of the vehicle.

9. Burials: With the rise in deaths, we are also experiencing an increase in funerals. The existing protocols for conducting Covid-19 burials will be maintained - Burials are to take place within seven (7) days and the public is urged to serve meals at funerals on Take-Away basis only.

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