President Hage Geingob. PHOTO: Contributed

Namibia will on Monday, June 1, transition to Stage 3 (three) of the State of Emergency period, following two incubation periods of observance setup to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 virus on Namibian soil.

In this new stage, bars, shebeens and liquor outlets will be permitted to operate with conditions that they operate within limited hours and they do not open on Sundays and that only licensed liquor outlets will be allowed to operate among other measures.

Furthermore, all 14 regions, with the exception of the Walvis Bay Local Authority Area, will transition into Stage 3 (three), until 29 June 2020, for a period of 28 days or two Covid-19 incubation periods.

“Due to recent epidemiological developments, Walvis Bay Local Authority Area will revert to STAGE 1 from the 2nd June 2020 to the 8th June 2020 (7 days),” the new regulations read.

The observance period will be monitored on a weekly basis and may be extended, subject to changes in the country epidemiological situation.””

The maximum number of people at a public gathering will also increase from 10 to 50 people, putting into consideration social distancing protocols of at least 1.5 meters between persons.

During this stage, all points of entry will still be closed as comprehensive restrictions on cross-border movement of persons will remain in force, with the exception of essential goods transportation.

Each person is required to wear a face mask, as defined in the Regulations, when using both private and public transport, shopping, outdoor group exercise, public spaces and at the workplace.

“Increase hygiene interventions, e.g. public hand washing utilities and consumables, including installation of sanitizer equipment within public and work places.

“Increase cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces including public transport and all public facilities including schools, buses, play park equipment, shared water access points, public restrooms among others.”

According to the new regulations anyone with symptoms of a dry cough, high fever and shortness of breath should avoid public places and rather call the Toll-Free Number 0800-100-100 or 911 or consult a health facility or community health worker to be advised on what to do.

Businesses are required to keep a register of customers, recording the time of patronage, full name and contact details, to assist with possible contact tracing.

“The public is urged to cooperate with authorities in maintaining the health of the population.

“A relaxation in restrictions requires heightened vigilance and responsibility at a personal, community and organizational levels.”

Measures under STAGE 3

These measures are applicable to 14 regions with exception of the Walvis Bay Local Authority Area.

Early childhood development, primary, secondary schools as well as vocational training providers to resume face-to-face medium of instruction, with daily screening of learners/students.

Any learner/student or staff displaying COVID-19 related symptoms should stay home and alert the school health authority. The school authority should immediately inform the local health authority for intervention.

The school-feeding scheme is also set to resume.

The resumption of face-to-face instruction will be phased in as follows:

COMMENCEMENT DATEGRADES
22 – 29 May 2020Mid-Term Break for Teachers
3 June – 18 December 2020Grades 11 and 12
8 June 2020 – 18 December 2020Vocational Training Providers
22 June – 18 December 2020Pre-Primary to Grade 3
6 July-18 December 2020Grades 7 and 9
20 July-18 December 2020Grades 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10

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