Covid-19: Businesses urged not to cut corners with latest legislation

Business owners and the public are urged not to circumvent and exploit the current Covid-19 measures that came into force on Wednesday. In particular events- and venue operators as well as the legal arrangement around the selling of liquor.

Venues for public gatherings: the new Covid-19 measures makes provision for venues to accommodate 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Namibia’s justice minister Yvonne Dausab pointed out on Wednesday that does not mean 50 people inside the venue and a further 100 people outside. Dausab was clear on this subject that the venue can only exercise one choice. It is either fifty people indoors or 100 people outdoors.  In practice it will work as follows: where a venue makes provision for both outdoor- and indoor facilities, it would mean 50 people can be there at any point in time. If the venue is outdoors only, it would be able to accommodate 100 people at any point in time.
Liquor sales: owners and managers of outlets that sell liquor cannot all operate on Sundays. Bars, nightclubs, casinos, and shebeens will only be allowed to sell liquor from Mondays to Saturdays. Only restaurants and hotels will be able to sell liquor on a Sunday as well.

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