President Hage Geingob. PHOTO: Namibian Presidency/Faceboook

The 21 days lockdown of the Khomas and Erongo regions including Okahandja and Rehoboth will begin at 23:59 on Friday 27 March, 2020 until 23:59 on 17 April, 2020, the Presidency announced.

The lockdown was instituted in order to curb the spread of the deadly Coronavirus which was tested positive in eight Namibians.

According to the Presidency, all residents in the restricted areas, including Okahandja and Rehoboth local authority areas are not allowed to leave their homes during the lockdown period, unless they form part of the essential service as as classified by the government. 

These include health workers, emergency personnel, police, correctional services, traffic officers, military medical

personnel, soldiers, immigration and customs, private security services. (See detailed list below)

Those in restricted areas  also be allowed to visit to pharmacies, food supply stores, courts, banks and for medical reasons. 

Physical exercise in groups of not more than three (3) persons will also be permitted during the lockdown. 

“Only one person from a household may visit a store for essential goods and services, at a time. Inside a store, all shoppers must strictly adhere to prescribed social distancing protocols, keeping a distance of 1 meter or more from another person,” the Presidency said.

“Only leave your home when it is absolutely necessary for example to get food, seek medical care or access essential services.

“Passenger restrictions will be limited to not more than three (3) persons in a four (4) seater motor vehicle. Not more than four (4) persons will be permitted in a seven (7) seater motor vehicle at any given time.”

For larger buses with carrying capacity of sixteen persons or more, may only load half the number of passengers. Not more than two (2) persons per donkey cart and one (1) person per motorbike, bicycle and tricycle.

Businesses and services open 

Most shops and businesses will be closed, except those classified as essential or critical services.

The police, military and emergency services will continue to operate.

“Health care services such as public and private hospitals, clinics, doctors, pharmacies and laboratories will remain open.

“Banks, essential legal, financial, payment services and medical aid funds will operate.”

Supermarkets and home kiosks will be allowed to operate normal trading hours daily to allow residents to provide care for themselves and their families.

“The sale of alcohol, liquor and spirits is strictly prohibited.  Petrol stations and the forecourt shops will remain open 24-Hours.

“Municipal bus services will be suspended, except for those supporting the COVID-19 response.”

The Presidency indicated that all open markets, informal trading activities, shebeens, bars, pubs and nightclubs will not be permitted to operate during the lockdown period.

Restaurants, cafes and coffee shops will remain open but only offer take-away services. 

Furthermore, entities essential for the production and transportation of food, basic goods, medical supplies and their support services will be allowed to operate. 

Banks are urged to optimize electronic banking channels.

LIST OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES

1. Ambulance services

2. Casualties services

3. Theatre Services

4. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) services

5. Hospital Wards

6. Laboratory Services

7. Pharmaceutical services

8. Dental Services

9. Radiography services

10. Physiotherapy service

11. Mortuary services

12. Medical services including medical specialized services

13. Hospital Kitchen Services

14. Hospital laundry services

15. Emergency management services

16. Disaster management services

17. Portable water services

18. Waste water Management services

19. Scientific services

20. Electricity distribution services

21. Electricity operation services

22. Electricity maintenance services

23. Electricity transmission services

24. Electricity network operation services

25. Electricity system operation services

26. Electricity system security and planning services

27. Electricity engineering services

28. Electricity energy trading services

29. Air navigation services

30. Air traffic management services

31. Communication navigation and surveillance system services

32. Search and rescue services

33. Aeronautical information services and

34. Meteorological services for air navigation services

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