by Lugeretzia Kooper

ABOUT eighteen people were slapped with a fine of N$2000 each over the weekend in Zambezi region for violating the Covid-19 State of Emergency regulations.

Crate with full beer bottles

Zambezi regional police spokesperson inspector, Kisco Sitali, whom The Namibian spoke to today, noted that they are facing a challenge with regards to the operating hours put in place for sale of alcohol in the region since the ban was lifted in the beginning of this month.

“Several cases were open against individuals over the weekend for offences such as drinking in public and selling alcohol after stipulated hours. They are even selling on Sundays. Most of those who were arrested paid fines, while three were released on agreement to pay within 21-days,” he said.

Sitali further urged the public to obey the measures put in place by the government in order to contain the further spread of the corona pandemic, as this is done for their own good.

“I strongly urge the bar owners to adhere to the operating hours put in place and implement safety measures at their businesses. They should also advice their customers to buy and go home.

“Church leaders are also advised to strictly adhere to social distancing and other preventative measures put in place, as they are putting the lives of their congregation at risk in the name of worship,” he stressed.

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