Wear your masks – Geingob

18 December 2020 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES



WINDHOEK

President Hage Geingob has announced adjustments to the existing regulations in response to the escalating Covid-19 cases, which include limiting public gatherings to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

These amendments took effect at midnight yesterday and will be in force for 14 days until 30 December 2020.

Conveners or organisers of events will be required to keep registers of attendees, record body temperatures and provide hand sanitisers or handwashing facilities.

Social distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained at all times.

The wearing of facemasks remain mandatory and will be enforced by the police.

“Data has shown that correct wearing of facemasks reduces transmission of the virus by up to 90%. I appeal to, and once again, implore all Namibians to make it their personal and collective responsibility to defeat Covid-19.

“In so doing, we will protect our frontline personnel and the public health system to provide care to the most needy and vulnerable members of our society,” Geingob said.

Curfew

Meanwhile, bars, nightclubs, casinos and restaurants must close at 22:00, and all indoor dining tables must be arranged two metres apart.

Public transport passengers and drivers must wear masks at all times and adherence will be monitored by the police.

Geingob urged Namibians to adhere to the regulations to keep themselves and their fellow citizens safe.

“Now, more than ever, we must rekindle that spirit to reverse this negative trend. I believe we can do it again by holding hands and pulling in the same direction,” he said.

Mask up, or else

Justice minister Yvonne Dausab said the police are ordered to arrest those who refuse to wear a facemask in public.

She added that the health minister, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, has broad legal powers that allow him to introduce additional measures.

“Such as indicating to people they cannot come into an affected area or move around in such area. He also has the power to close down public entertainment places if it is required of us,” Dausab said.

She said Shangula can even prohibit gatherings of people altogether.

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