Windhoek-Namibian Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula announced on Monday that the three local authority Areas namely Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis will remain under STAGE 3 for a period of 28 days from the 7th July 2020 until midnight on the 3rd August 2020.
The cordon to restrict the movement of people into and out of three Local Authority Areas will be reinforced as a travel ban, with exception of the movement of essential; and critical goods, services and medical emergencies. Travel between other towns in the Erongo region and to the rest of the country will be permitted, with exception of the restricted Local Authority Areas. To minimize broader exposure to communities residing at the towns of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis, travel into, out of the three Local Authority Areas is not permitted, and will be restricted only to the supply of essential and critical goods and services as defined in the regulations.
Shangula also stated that personal contact details of all persons leaving and/ or entering the restricted Local Authority Areas will be recorded in a registry, at the points of entry /exit by law enforcement personnel. Caregivers employed in Old Age Homes are required to self –quarantine at alternative locations and avoid contact with the general community.
The Ministry will build in a level of flexibility in the quarantine of contacts, including the locations of such quarantine facilities, in ways that do not introduce or increase harm to the community. This may include home based quarantine. Public gatherings remain restricted to a maximum of 10people for the whole of Erongo region. Schools in the restricted areas may not resume face- to- face instructions. Any person leaving Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis Local Authority Areas to any part of the country will be quarantined for a period of 14 days at own cost. Drivers of trucks and other vehicles delivering critical and essential services travelling from Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis Local Authority Areas, will be quarantined as per existing modalities applicable to the quarantine of cross border truck drivers and providers of essential goods and services.
Inhabitants of three local authority areas are urged to wear masks correctly, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently and refrain from touching the mouth, nose, eyes and face. The buying and selling of liquor are permitted as stipulated under Stage 3 guidelines. Public transport from and into the three Local Authority Areas is prohibited.
“We would like to appeal to the inhabitants of these local authority areas to comply willingly and not to wait to be policed into compliance. This is done to protect yourselves and the Namibian Nation. Together we can overcome COVID-19,”Shangula concluded.