BASIC safety measures such as wearing a mask in public and frequent hand sanitising are still the best weapons in the Namibian arsenal in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the State of Emergency lapsed certain health and environmental restrictions will still be in effect through national policies that will be introduced through the Public Health Act and Public and Environmental Health Act of 2015.
The Minister of Justice, Yvonne Dausab, during the Presidential Address to the Nation, said through these policies the restrictions could still be imposed on Namibians but that the responsibility of maintaining the health of individuals, families, and communities has shifted to Namibians.
Adding on to what the justice minister said, Attorney General, Festus Mbandeka, said the restrictions that will remain in place are the wearing of face masks; public gatherings will remain at a maximum of 50 people; restriction of the number of passengers on public transports will remain the same, and the resumption of face-to-face teaching and learning in stages as set down will continue.
He said that the countrywide curfew has been lifted and that the movement of people in and out of Windhoek, Rehoboth, and Okahandja that will no longer be under lockdown, is again allowed.
The onsite sales and consumption of alcohol in places like casinos, gambling houses, and night clubs will henceforth be allowed up until 22:00 at night.
Depending on the new health policies and measures introduced by the various business entities day-to-day business will resume and so will contact sports.
The national borders will be gradually re-opened and the Hosea Kutako International Airport is already open for business, health support, tourism, and social visits.
He said that visitors will, however still be subject to health and prevention protocols.