How does the state of emergency affect you?

On Monday Pres Hage Geingob announced a state of emergency in Namibia due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and announced further measures to strengthen Namibia’s response and preparedness.

Namibians and permanent residents will be prohibited from travelling for 30 days. Exceptions will be made with prior authorisation from the Ministry of Health and Social Services as well as Home Affairs and Immigration. Exceptions will be made for people seeking medical treatment; essential services like humanitarian assistance; truck drivers bringing food and other essential commodities into the country and Namibians returning home. Compulsory screening will be conducted for verification and quarantine imposed where necessary.
Geibgob made it clear that all leisure, business and social travel like tourism is suspended.
A travel ban has been placed on foreign nationals from all Schengen States, China, Iran, Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Japan. Geingob gave the assurance that the ban will be reviewed regularly.
Scheduled passenger flights, including chartered flights to and from countries where there is active transmission has been temporary suspended. All international scheduled and private chartered flights may only land at Hosea Kutako International and Walvis Bay International Airport.
A strict disinfection regime for aircraft as well as training of airport staff on the prevention of infection and control were also ordered by Geingob.
All returning Namibians and permanent residents arriving from countries at high risk or from affected countries will be subject to 14 days of supervised self-quarantine.
All large public gatherings of 50 or more people have been suspended for 30 days. These include schools, religious gatherings, customary gatherings, weddings, funerals and all parades for uniformed forces.
Owners of public transport vehicles will for a period of 30 days have to provide hand sanitizers and masks to all passengers.
Accommodation establishments must provide sanitizers and masks to all staff; educate guests on protective measures and have the full travel history of the guests as well as their next destination.
Shops, shopping malls and supermarkets must also take steps to enhance hygiene at all times and to protect customers and staff. Hand sanitizers should also be made available to customers at the entrance of shops.

To read more: pick up your copy of the Namib Times at any retail outlet in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Available in Windhoek at selected stores, at Arandis (Shoprite and Arandis Service Station); Usakos; Henties Bay (Spar; Woermann Brock) and Windhoek (Windhoek: Shoprite Maerua Mall; Shoprite Katutura; Shoprite Ind. Av; Shoprite Lafrenz Industrial; Shoprite Okurayangava; Shoprite U-Save; Fountain OK Foods (Baines); Maerua Superspar).

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