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Strict guidelines still place for Stage 4

Strict guidelines still place for Stage 4

Staff Reporter

ALL regions in Namibia except the Erongo Region will progress to Stage 4 of the State of Emergency at one minute to midnight tonight and Namibian are reminded that although restrictive measures will be relaxed further that certain guidelines still need be followed.

 

The Erongo Region is set to progress to Stage 4 at one minute to midnight on 6 July.

 

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Shangula during a special briefing at State House said that officials will continue to closely monitor the situation in the Local Authority Areas of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis Local Authority Areas and added that appropriate action will be taken as the situation dictates.

 

“The observance period will be monitored on a weekly basis and may be reduced or extended, subject to changes in the country epidemiological situation,” the health minister said at the time.

 

The guidelines for Stage 4 of the State of Emergency will still require people to adhere to standard health and hygiene guidelines.

 

The relaxation in restrictions still requires heightened vigilance and responsibility at a personal, community and organisational levels, and the public is urged to adhere to the guidelines such as the continuation of physical distancing protocols of at least one metre between persons, to minimize the risk of infection.

 

Each person is required to wear a face mask, as defined in the Regulations when using both private and public transport, shopping, outdoor group exercise, while in public spaces and at the workplace.

 

Increased hygiene interventions, such as public hand washing utilities and consumables, including installation of sanitizer equipment within public places and places of work, will continue.

 

Increased cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces including public transport and all public facilities including schools, buses, play park equipment, shared water access points, public restrooms among others will also continue.

 

Anyone with symptoms of a dry cough, high fever and shortness of breath should avoid public places and rather call the Toll-Free Number 0800-100-100 or 911 or consult officials at a health facility or community health workers to be advised on what to do next.

 

Businesses are still required to keep a register of customers, recording the time of patronage, full name and contact details, to assist with possible contact tracing.

 

The public is urged to cooperate with authorities in maintaining the health of the population.

 

Namibia Erongo Region Stage 4 State Emergency Namibian
Picture for illustrative purposes only. Photo: File

 

Education

Face-to-face instruction for Grade 11 and 12 shall continue countrywide, except for schools in the Local Authority Areas of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis.

 

The resumption of face-to-face instruction for Early Childhood Development and Pre-Primary (Grades Zero to 3) still remains deferred across all 14 regions until Monday 6 July 2020. The Ministry of Education will provide an updated schedule to the public.

 

Points of Entry

Points of entry will remain closed except for the transportation of imported goods.

 

The government in collaboration with the private sector will conduct a targeted tourism revival initiative from 15 July to 15 August 2020.

 

Public gatherings

Public gatherings during Stage 4 will not be allowed to exceed 250 persons. This includes weddings, funerals and religious gatherings.

 

Members of the public must strictly adhere to the Health and Hygiene protocols, such as the mandatory wearing of a facemask in public, hand washing and sanitizing, maintaining a safe Physical Distance of no less than 1m between persons and Log Books with full personal details, to assist with contact tracing.

 

Cross Border Movement

As from 30 June 2020, all Namibians and Non-Namibians entering the country must submit to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and mandatory, Government supervised Quarantine, at their own cost. Citizens who cannot afford to quarantine at their own cost (as defined in the Directives) may apply to be quarantined at a cost to Government.

 

Namibians, Permanent Residence Permit Holders and categories of professionals with valid Work Permits (as defined in the Regulations) should notify the Namibian Embassy and High Commission of their intent to travel to Namibia, no less than 2 weeks prior to departure for coordination purposes. Only categories as defined will be granted entry into the country.

 

All Non-Namibians must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, valid for 72 hours before entering Namibia.

 

Business

The following businesses will be permitted to resume activities under Stage 4, subject to the Health & Hygiene Guidelines stipulated above, and in fulfilling the following additional requirements:

 

Guidelines for the number of persons inside an establishment to be revised from 2 square metres per person to one square metre per person with strict enforcement of Health and Hygiene protocols with no less than one metre between persons. This measure is intended to facilitate and increase the number of patrons visiting various businesses, without compromising public health considerations.

 

Hospitality and Tourism

The targeted International Tourism revival initiative, to be tried between 15 July and 15 August 2020, will accommodate a limited number of tourists from a carefully selected market on the basis of its epidemiological profile.

 

All tourists travelling to Namibia must present a negative SARS-COV-2 PCR test result, valid for 72 hours before entering Namibia and submit to mandatory testing, upon arrival.

 

All tourists must submit to mandatory, 14-day quarantine at a Government certified establishment, at own cost and allow one incubation cycle at the end of the initiative, for monitoring and assessment.

 

Liquor Outlets, Shebeens, Bars

Businesses may operate under normal working hours but limit the sale of alcohol to between 09h00-and 18h00 from Monday to Saturday (subject to applicable Liquor License). No sale of alcohol will be permitted on Sunday.

 

Buying and selling of alcohol are only permitted for takeaway. Consumption of alcohol is only permitted in private dwellings.
Only holders of a valid Liquor License will be permitted to operate.
Casinos, Nightclubs and Gambling houses

 

Casinos and Gambling Houses to only open for pre-booked clients, no walk-ins. Log Books to be maintained at all premises.

 

Selling and consumption of alcohol on site is permitted. Buying and selling of alcohol for takeaway will be prohibited.

 

Patrons must adhere to strict Health and Hygiene protocols including the wearing of face masks and guidelines for the number of persons inside establishment (1sqm per person).

 

Sporting events and activities

These are permitted to resume including contact sports as defined in the Regulations, subject to adherence to the Public Gathering limit of 250 persons and the Health and Hygiene protocols.

 

Penalties of violating regulations of Stage 4

Non-compliance with Regulations is a punishable offence. For owners of Nightclubs and Gambling Houses, the penalty may include suspension of the operating license.

 

The penalty for violating Stage 4 Regulations is a fine of N$2 000 or arrest.

 

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