Slight amendments to Covid measures announced
31 March 2021 | Health
The measures that will come into force at mid-night tonight will expire on 30 April 2021.
The minister said after analyzing available data and statistics, both the National Covid 19 Monitoring Team and the National Health Emergency Management Committee met and made recommendations on the adjustments to the public health regulations.
Shangula outlined the proposed amendments to the Regulations mentioning mostly the amendments to the existing regulations. He said that where no amendment is mentioned, the Regulation remain in force as gazetted.
Proposed amendment / recommendations
•Permitted public gatherings will be increased from the current number of 50 to 100 persons per event, whether the event is held indoor and outdoor. Hosts, organizers and instigators of public gatherings must keep registers to record attendants. Seating arrangements at public gatherings to comply with social distance requirements.
•The curfew remains in force from 22:00 to 04:00.
•It is not mandatory for children aged 0 to 5 years to wear masks at school.
•License holders are allowed to sell alcohol up to 22:00 on Mondays to Saturdays. No sale of alcohol is permitted on Sundays and Public Holidays.
•Returning Namibian citizens or Permanent Residence Permit holders with a valid De-isolation Certificate from the Government of the country of departure will not be subjected to quarantine upon entry, despite status of results. Non Namibians must present a negative PCR or antigen test result.
•Namibians studying abroad will be exempt from paying for Covid-19 tests upon entry or departure. Proof to this effect must be provided.
•Frequent travelers returning within three days following their departure from Namibia are allowed to re-enter the country using the negative SARS COV-2 PCR or Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (AgRDT) test result they used on departure. However, a returning frequent traveler who spends more than three days outside Namibia will be required to present either an SARSCOV-2 PCR or AgRDT negative test result, without which such traveler will be subject to quarantine.
•Negative Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (AgRDT) results for incoming travelers will be accepted at Points of Entry into Namibia.
•The embalming of human remains of persons who died of notifiable infectious diseases for transportation purpose is allowed provided that it is done by a trained person and provided that infection control measures are in place.