Namibia plans to lift lockdown in phases

Monday, May 4th, 2020 11:12 |
A meat vendor goes about his work at an informal market in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, May 1, 2020. Most small business people in Namibia on Friday continued with their daily work routines despite it being International Workers' Day, this was in order to recover their losses caused by a three-week lockdown imposed by the government to control the spread of COVID-19. (Xinhua/Tirivangani Masawi)


Namibia will on May 5 start gradually lifting the lockdown over four phases to allow the economy to function without compromising health of the public although the state of emergency will continue for the next six months, the Presidency said.

Namibian President Hage Geingob said they will implement different levels of lifting the lock down.

"The lock down will remain the same until mid night on May 4. We will continue to implement the lifting of the lockdown gradually without compromising the social distancing regulations," he said.

He also added that, "All Namibians will be needed to wear mask in public areas and government will assist the vulnerable. The sale of alcohol will continue to be prohibited throughout the country. We could use this situation to deal with the abuse of alcohol in this country."

He said the lockdown has not been easy on Namibians.

"We commend the perseverance of Namibians within this difficult period." (Xinhua)

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