Arts performances and contact sports will have to hold on to their misery of the ongoing state of emergency a bit longer following the transitioning of the country into a relaxed level three serve for high-risk activities which remain outstanding.
This follows an announcement by President Hage Geingob on Thursday calling on the police and army implementing the national state of emergency in combating COVID 19 to desist from using heavy-handedness while relaxing restrictions.
Geingob said Namibians should remain resolute in fighting covid 19.
He said he will ease restrictions to a more moderate level three of the state of emergency services for the tourist town of Walvis Bay which will revert to stage 1 until further notice to curb the spread of COVID19.
“Starting on Monday all the 14 regions of the country will move to moderate phase three except Walvis Bay which has been highly exposed,” he said.
The Namibian President also added that the country will also allow religious groupings to congregate and be able to go ahead with their activities.
” Relaxing of 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,” he said.
Meanwhile, the country will continue closing their borders and airports to foreign visitors, serve for truck drivers importing food and returning residents.
Minister of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula they now allow none contact sports, restaurants and liquor stores will be allowed to operate under very controlled circumstances.
Shangula said the Namibian Government will expect all Namibians to adhere to social distancing, wearing of masks in public transport, shopping malls and public gathering.
“All public gatherings will need 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 will 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 arrest, fines and revocation of licences being implemented.
Shangula called upon Namibians to continue being vigilant in implementing the set security guideline.