COVID-19 Cases in Namibia
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The restrictions in the course of the nationwide lockdown in the fight against a possible COVID-19 epidemic in Namibia will be relaxed from May 4. President Hage Geingob announced this today at a press conference in Windhoek. According to him the decision was based on the fact that no further new case of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus had been registered in the past two weeks.

From May 5th at 0h00, it is allowed for most offices and shops to reopen subject to conditions. Supermarkets must limit the number of their customers in the store and maintain their special hygiene measures. However, the sale and serving of alcohol is still prohibited.

Schools remain closed until August 3rd and classes will take place online. Churches, sports halls and stadiums, fitness studios and other facilities that pose a high risk of infection are also not allowed to open for the time being.

The residents can move around freely within the country and in the towns. However, a mask covering the mouth and nose must be worn in public spaces. The principle of social distancing continues to apply. The maximum limit for gatherings is ten people.

Restaurants are not allowed to reopen yet but may continue to offer take-away. Accommodation, on the other hand, can receive guests again. However, attention must be paid to upper limits for people per room or campsite as well as increased hygiene. Meals may only offered as take-away.

The borders of Namibia remain closed to foreigners. Namibians who return from abroad have to be quarantined for 14-days.

The press release was mailed to the media with a four-step exit plan attached. According to this plan, stage 2, beginning on May 5, lasts until June 1. An opening of the borders and the start of international flight operations is planned in stage 4, which is to start on June 30th.