Namibian President eases restriction, cautions uniformed forces

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Tiri Masawi
Namibian President Hage Geingob on Thursday called on the police and army implementing the national state of emergency in combating Covid-19 to desist from using heavy handedness while relaxing lock down measures to stage three.

Geingob said his country has been resolute in fighting Covid-19 and was now easing restrictions to a more moderate level three. However, the resort town of Walvis Bay will move to “stage 1 until further notice to curb spread of Covid-19”.

“Starting on Monday all the 14 regions of the country will move to moderate phase three except Walvis Bay which has been highly exposed,” Geingob said.

He added that the country would also allow religious groupings to congregate and continue with their activities.

“Relaxing the measures does not mean the end of Covid-19 but we should remain vigilant. Once again, I thank Namibians for their cooperation and together we will defeat the challenges faced by the country,” Geingob said.

Meanwhile, Namibian borders and airports will remain closed for foreign visitors except for truck drivers and returning residents.

Minister of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula said they would now allow none contact sports, restaurants and liquor stores to operate “under very controlled circumstances”.

Shangula said the government is expecting all Namibians to adhere to social destancing, wearing masks in public transport, shopping malls and public gatherings.

“All public gatherings must not exceed 50 people while from the beginning of June, educational and vocational training centres will start one on one learning,” he said.

Shangula added that restaurants in Namibia would only allow pre-booked clients while walk in clients will not be allowed.

He said the measures in level three of the state of emergency should be enforced strictly with possibilities of arrests, fines and revocation of licences being implemented.

Shangula said citizens must remain vigilant in implementing the set security guideline.

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