Revised Covid-19 measures announced

16 December 2020 | Government

President Hage Geingob announced several amendments to the existing Covid-19 regulations.

The president said that considering developments in recent weeks, it is vital to take the necessary steps to ensure that Namibia’s response is adequate to meet the challenge.

“It is evident that Namibia is experiencing a second wave of Covid-19 infections. The number of Covid-19 related hospital admissions have sharply increased in different parts of the country. The number of Covid-19 and related deaths have also increased in recent weeks. Against this background, it is imperative that some amendments to the Regulations are effected to suppress further spread of Covid-19 in the country and hopefully engender changes in public behaviour.”

The president pointed out that in a short period of just 15 days, Namibia recorded 13 deaths and 2425 infections bringing the total infections recorded to 16,913 with 14,981 recoveries, 1,765 active cases and 164 deaths.

The president announced various amendments to the Public Health Covid-19 Regulations issued by the minister of Health and Social Services, under the Public and Environmental Health Act, 2015 (Act No. 1 of 2015).

Geingob said that the amendments are recommended for implementation with effect from 23:59 Wednesday 16 December 2020, for a period of fourteen (14) days, until 30 December 2020 and includes the following measures.

-The number of public gatherings is reduced from the current limit of 200 to a maximum of 50 persons indoors and a maximum of 100 persons outdoors, at a time. It is a requirement that conveners and organizers of such gatherings keep registers of attendees at each gathering, record body temperatures of attendees in such registers and provide facilities for guests to wash their hands with soap or to sanitise their hands. Physical distancing of no less than 1.5m between persons must be maintained at all times.

-Correct wearing of face-masks remains mandatory in all public settings. Enforcement of this measure will be intensified. Owners of retail outlets, shopping malls, offices, bars, shebeens and entertainment venues, etc. are urged to ensure that persons entering or those present on their premises abide by the public health regulations, such as correct wearing of face-masks, physical distancing, sanitizing or washing of hands.

-Bars, nightclubs, casinos and all restaurants are to close for business at 22:00, Monday to Sunday. All indoor dining tables to be arranged 2m apart. Associated public health measures must be complied with.

-With respect to public passenger transportation, all drivers and passengers are to wear masks throughout the trip/journey.

The president emphasised that enforcement is critical to ensure adherence to these public health measures in public places and said that the law enforcement agencies are hereby directed to deploy personnel and ensure compliance.
Other gazzeted regulations not mentioned and pronounced in the last Covid-19 briefing of 30 November, remain in force and adherence thereto is mandatory.

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