Response to Covid-19 pandemic adjusted

30 November 2020 | Government

President Geingob announced that as from tomorrow, 1 December 2020 to 25 January 2021, the following Covid-19 preventative measures apply:

The current dispensation of measures to fight Covid-19 which came into force on 17 October, will expire at midnight, 30 November 2020.

Public gatherings will remain at 200 people while members of the public are encouraged to arrange and host all public gatherings outdoors. Registers of attendees at such gatherings and events must be maintained.

All non-Namibian travellers arriving in the country are required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result from the country of departure, which is not older than 72 hours. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 5-years.

Non-Namibian travellers arriving with a negative result, which is older than 72 hours, will be placed in quarantine and tested for Covid-19 on the same day, at own cost. If results come out negative, they will be released from quarantine. If positive, they will be isolated at own cost, according to Namibia’s isolation protocols.

Returning Namibian citizens or holders of Namibian permanent residence or employment permits may enter the country without a Covid-19 PCR test result or with a positive result. In cases of arrival without a Covid-19 test result, s/he will be swabbed immediately upon arrival while observing quarantine and if the result comes out negative, they will be released from quarantine.

A Namibian who arrives with a positive Covid-19 PCR test result, will be isolated at a designated isolation facility or home isolation, subject to approval after assessment by an authorized medical officer.

The sale of alcohol by shebeens, bars and nightclubs shall be extended to midnight. The businesses must however ensure physical distancing and be equipped with functional hand-sanitizer dispensers.

Shopping outlets and businesses will no longer be required to keep registers of persons visiting their premises. Registers should, however, be maintained at public events such a weddings, funerals, religious gatherings, sports and entertainment events.

The swabbing and testing for Covid-19 will henceforth only be conducted on human remains of persons who had symptoms consistent with Covid-19 or were in direct contact with confirmed Covid-19 cases prior to death.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula will provide more information on the new measures developed regarding funerals.

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