THE third edition of the annual Okapya sports tournament that was supposed to start on the day before Christmas at the Eleven Morning Star sports field near the Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Airport in Ondangwa has been postponed.
The postponed follows the announcement of stricter control measures by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday.
During the announcement, the minister said that a curfew has been reintroduced and that the number of people that would be allowed at events was reduced to 50. The new measures came into effect on 24 December and will be valid until 13 January 2021. The stricter measures are aimed at curbing the current rampant spread of COVID-19.
With regard to the curfew, the health minister said people will not be allowed on the streets between 21:00 at night and 04:00 in the morning.
He also said that the hours during which the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption in places like shebeens, bars, and nightclubs will be limited to the hours between 09:00 and 20:00 from Monday to Saturday.
“The sale of alcohol will not be allowed on Sundays and public holidays,” he said.
The Okapya sports Tournament organizer, Sandro Ithana, confirmed the postponement of the tournament to Informanté.
“Due to the recent developments, caused by the pandemic we are facing and circumstances beyond our control we the Okapya Annual Soccer Tournament Organizers, regret to inform all affected parties that the event is duly postponed until further notice,” he said.
He indicated that the rescheduling of the tournament will be announced at a later stage when the situation normalises again.