Covid-19 public health regulations strengthened

30 June 2021 | Government

President Geingob today announced a new set of adjustments to curb the spread of the Covid pandemic in the country.

He called on Namibians to uphold faith over fear, to show kindness, solidarity and compassion, and to cooperate with the authorities during what he termed a dark and sombre moment in the history of the country.

The newly introduced regulations will come into force at midnight today for a period of 14 days until 15 July 2021.

Restriction of movement

While the restriction of movement into and out of the Windhoek-Okahandja-Rehoboth Local Authority Areas has helped to contain the spread of the disease, data confirms that the entire country is now characterized by “Widespread Community Transmission” and thus “we are taking the difficult but necessary measure to extend the restriction in travel to all regions.

No travel will be permitted between regions. However, travel within regions is permitted. Returning residents, essential service providers, emergency medical cases and transportation of human remains for burial purposes, will be permitted entry and exit into restricted regions, with the relevant permit.”

The president emphasised that while a full social and economic lockdown is proven to be effective in slowing transmission rates, it must be used sparingly, as it also spurs adverse effects to economy, business jobs and livelihoods.

Public gatherings remain limited to ten persons per event.

The curfew remains in force, however will be brought forward to commence from 21:00 to 04:00 daily.

Education

a. All public and private schools (pre-primary up to grade 9), including Early Childhood Development Centres are currently on a special Winter Holiday until 26 July 2021.

b. Face-to-Face classes for grades 10, 11 and 12 will be suspended countrywide, as part of the Winter Holiday, from 1 until 16 July 2021.

c. Face-to-Face classes for higher education institutions including vocational education training providers are also suspended for the period. All examinations for tertiary students will be undertaken online.

Business operations

Liquor: The sale of liquor is restricted from 09:00 to 18:00, Mondays to Thursdays, on take-away basis only, with exception of hospitality establishments where residing guests may access on-site amenities. No alcohol outlet will be permitted to operate on Fridays to Sundays.

All food establishments are to serve food on take-way basis only, including restaurants, food vendors and kapana traders.

Hair dressers, tailors, beauty parlours will remain open, subject to strict adherence to public health regulations. Not more than ten persons will be permitted inside an establishment at a time, and all persons must comply to the mandatory wearing of face masks and maintain physical distance of 1.5 meters or more.

Under the circumstances, gambling houses, night clubs, gyms & sports clubs, public recreational spaces including playgrounds and swimming pools are all deemed to be high-risk and are not be permitted to operate.

Sports

All contact sports remain prohibited. For non-contact sports, no spectators will be permitted at live events.

Passenger restrictions

a. All road and air public transport operators will not be permitted to travel between regions, including long-haul operators and aircraft;

b. Within regions, motorists may only load passengers to half the capacity of the motor vehicle.

c. A special dispensation for tourists will be put in place. Further details will follow.

Burials

Burials will be revised to take place within ten (10) days.

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