Travel restrictions eased for councillors

28 April 2020 | Government

Okombahe • Adolf Kaure


The Secretary of Cabinet and chairperson of the National Disaster Risk Management Committee, George Simataa, amended State of Emergency Covid-19 regulations to accommodate several prominent officials in the Erongo region.

Simataa said in a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister to the regional councillor of the Daures constituency Kennedy !Hoaseb, that regional councillors are part of the officials who benefit from the amendments. “Regional councillors are [no longer] required to produce travel permits during the State of Emergency in accordance with proclamation No.13 of 2020,” he said.

Simataa said that the issuance of travel permits have also been eased for NamPol (Namibian Police Force) regional commanders and previously authorised station commanders, regional directors of health as well as regional directors of education.

He added that a countrywide lockdown deployment plan has been put in place by NamPol to ensure that the amendments will be applied and adhered to.

“In view to ensuring effective implementation of these amendments, the NamPol has put in place a countrywide lockdown deployment plan. As a result, people are strictly required to limit movement within and outside the demarcated zones in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

Regulation 7 of Proclamation No.13 of 2020 divided the entire Namibia into specific zones to control movement.

“During the lockdown period, a person may not enter into or depart from one zone to another zone. However, this provision may not be construed as preventing a person from movement within the same zone in which he or she is located as long as that person complies with the requirements of these regulations relating to the movement of persons and goods,” regulation 7 of the proclamation reads.

The proclamation is titled “Amendment of the State of Emergency Covid-19 Regulations” which was issued on 17 April.

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