Travel restrictions for Khomas lifted

30 July 2021 | Government

The current Public Health Regulations introduced to combat and curb the spread of Covid-19 infections expire at midnight tomorrow, Saturday 31 July 2021.

President Hage Geingob announced the following regulations that will come into force for a period of 14 days from Sunday 01 August 2021 until midnight, Saturday 14 August 2021.

Travel restrictions are lifted, thus permitting the resumption of travel between regions, without a permit, countrywide. However, Geingob urged Namibians to strengthen public health measures at personal and community level.

Public gatherings as defined in the previously announced regulations have been adjusted to 50 persons per event, while any public gathering should not last for more than two hours.
The curfew will remain in force from 22:00 to 04:00 daily.

Education

All schools are to resume face-to-face teaching and learning on 4 August 2021, with strengthened infection prevention and control measures in place.

Grades 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 are to resume face-to-face teaching and learning on a full-time basis, daily while Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres and lower primary grades may resume, but are required to operate in cohorts/shifts.

The management of educational institutions must ensure the safety of the school environment for employees, learners and students.

Liquor sales

The sale of liquor remains restricted and is only allowed on a take-away basis between 09:00 and 18:00 from Monday to Friday, except for hospitality establishments that have resident guests.

Establishments

All food establishments (restaurants, kapana traders and food vendors) may resume on-site meals, subject to compliance with Health & Safety Protocols.
Businesses deemed to be high-risk, such as gyms and sports clubs remain closed.
Spas, salons and beauty parlours remain open, subject to adherence to mandatory face masks and maintaining physical distance of no less than 1.5 meters.
Indoor/outdoor swimming pools and playgrounds may resume operations, subject to adherence to Health & Safety Protocols.

Burials

Funerals due to Covid-19 must take place within a period of 10 days with all current burial related regulations remaining in force.

Travelling

Motor vehicle passenger restrictions remain in force. Loading of public transport vehicles must be done at half capacity, including for tour operators and shuttle services.

The validity of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results will be reduced from seven days to 72 hours for all travellers, to safeguard the country.
Namibians arriving with a de-isolation certificate within a period of three (3) months will be allowed entry, and not be subject to quarantine.

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