by Werner Menges

THE restrictions on business activities and the free movement of people under the coronavirus outbreak state of emergency apply countrywide, the government says.

Peya Mushelenga

In a statement issued on Sunday, the minister of information, Peya Mushelenga, said most of the state of emergency regulations published in the Government Gazette on Saturday apply countrywide.

This includes regulations forbidding the sale of alcohol until the end of 17 April, and ordering the closure of bars, shebeens, nightclubs and open markets, as well as stopping informal trading, until 18 March.

People not employed in what is regarded as “critical services” – which includes health, electrical, security, sewerage, agricultural and goods transport services – will also be required to stay at home during the lockdown period until the end of 17 April, unless they need to buy food or get medical services, among other things.

Mushelenga stated that only the regulation forbidding non-essential travelling across regional boundaries applies to the Khomas and Erongo regions alone, while the rest of the state of emergency regulations are applying countrywide.

This means that over the next three weeks public gatherings of more than ten people will be forbidden, as will be the sale of alcohol and the conducting of business not regarded as “critical” – which would still allow grocery stores, banks, pharmacies and other health facilities, among others, to remain open.

  • Get a detailed report in Monday’s edition of The Namibian.
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