The Namibian lockdown has been lifted to STAGE 2.
The past few weeks have been immensely difficult for all Namibians, and individuals who were within Namibian borders!
Luckily, some good news arises, and the country is now in STAGE 2.
This means that the reopening of Namibia will be gradual, under Strict Precautions. These precautions will be in place from Tuesday 05 May 2020 to 2nd June 2020.
STAGE 3 will see more moderate precautions and could come into effect from the 2nd of June 2020 to 30 June 2020. The final stage, STAGE 4, will then be implemented from 30 June 2020 and will introduce a New Normal and could last until the end of the State of Emergency.
Each Stage of restriction will have an average observance period of two incubation periods, which is 28 days.
During the current STAGE 2, certain measures will still be in place.
Individuals are required to still wear a face mask in public and they will be able to travel domestically, between regions and within cities or towns without restriction.
The Namibian borders will remain closed, with exception to Namibian citizens that are returning home, the only condition is they will have to be placed in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
Unless prohibited, business and productive activities can reopen hence they follow the prescribed Health & Hygiene Guidelines.
Shopping Malls, retail outlets, restaurants (operating on a take-away basis), Kapana traders (only takeaway and private consumption), beauty, hair dressers, barbers, laundromats and tailors are allowed to reopen, but are subject to proper personal protective equipment.
Theatres, cinemas, Gyms, exercise centers, contact sports, sporting events, gambling houses, nightclubs, liquor outlets, bars, shebeens, entertainment events, concerts, seminars, conferences, workshops and summits are all considered high risk activities and will NOT be allowed during STAGE 2. The selling and buying of alcohol are also still prohibited during STAGE 2. The borders and schools will also remain closed.
Before we can move from one stage to another, it will first be place under review and a decision will then be made whether it is safe to change to a different stage, or even go back to a more restricted phase, if needed. The actual duration of each stage may be reduced or extended, subject to monitoring reports and the changing situation in the country.
On a lighter note, we are very excited to announce that Home Affairs are open for business, however they are not accepting any new applications for anyone that is currently outside the country, regardless of what type of visa/permit they need. They will only accept a new application, extension or renewal, if you are currently in the country.
During this challenging time, we realized once again what great team we have. Our employees are driven, positive and they are willing to go the extra mile for you.
Do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation.
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By Angelique Wernich