Filter for Namibia Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-20 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Phase 4 of school reopening will see grade 4, 5, 6 and 8 and 10 will return to school on 20 July 2020, and they will finish on the 18 December 2020.
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2020-07-20 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Return to school of grade 4, 5, 6, 8, 10
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2020-07-06 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Return to school of grade 7 and 9
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2020-07-06 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Phase 3 of school reopening will start on 6 July for the 7th and 9th grades, and they will finish on the 18 December 2020.
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2020-06-30 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The size of public gatherings will increase to 250 people for social gatherings including weddings, funerals and religious gatherings. Members of the public must strictly adhere to the Health & Hygiene protocols.
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
As from 30 June 2020, all Namibians & NonNamibians entering the country must submit to a COVID19 PCR test on arrival and mandatory, Government supervised Quarantine, at own cost. Only citizens who cannot afford to quarantine at own cost (as will be defined in the Directives) can apply to be quarantined at cost to Government.
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Testing policy
As from 30 June 2020, all Namibians & NonNamibians entering the country must submit to a COVID19 PCR test on arrival and mandatory, Government supervised Quarantine, at own cost. Only citizens who cannot afford to quarantine at own cost (as will be defined in the Directives) can apply to be quarantined at cost to Government.
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2020-06-30 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Namibia will migrate from STAGE 3 to STAGE 4 with Relaxed Precautions on 30 June to 17 September 2020 for an extended 10-week period.
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2020-06-30 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
The resumption of Pre-Primary (Grades Zero to 3) is hereby deferred for a period of two-weeks across all 14 regions, until Monday 06 July 2020. The Ministry of Education will provide an updated schedule to the public.
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2020-06-23 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Public gatherings at Erongo region will be restricted to 50 persons with exception of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund & Arandis Local Authority Areas, which will be restricted to gatherings of 10 persons.
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2020-06-23 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Schools across the Erongo Region may resume if they meet the covid-19 requirements for grades 11, 12 from 23rd June.
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2020-06-23 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Travel between towns in the Erongo region and to the rest of the country, will be permitted, with exception of the Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis Local Authority Areas.
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2020-06-23 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
travel between Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis Local Authority Areas will be permitted. However travel into and out of these Local Authority Areas to the rest of the country is highly discouraged and will be restricted to emergency situations only, as defined in the Regulations.
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2020-06-23 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
the Erongo Region will migrate from stage 1 to stage 3 of lockdown with the exception of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis local authorities from midnight the 22nd June.
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2020-06-22 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Return to school of pre-primary to grade 3
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2020-06-22 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Phase 2 of school reopening will start from 22 June 2020 for pre-primary to Grade 3, and they will finish on the 18 December 2020.
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2020-06-09 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Stage 1 guidelines i.e. partial lockdown will be applied to the Erongo region for a period of 14 days effective from midnight on the 8th of June. A list of people are exempted from this lockdown, including those involved in porduction and those who are essential workers.
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2020-06-09 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
A list of restrictions to limit public gathering on transport have been listed during stage 1 in erongo e.g. no more than 3 people in a four person vehicle; no more than 4 in a 7 person vehicle; buses must carry 50% capacity
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2020-06-09 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Only one person from each household may visit a shop for essential goods at a time.
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2020-06-09 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
People may only leave their homes for essential services or for exercise in groups of no more than 3, or if they are exempt from the restrictions
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2020-06-08 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Return to school of grades vocational training learners
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2020-06-03 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Return to school of grades 11 & 12.
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2020-06-03 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Phase 1 of school reopening will see grade 11 & 12 pupils will return to schools for face-to-face classes on 03 June 2020, and they will finish on the 18 December 2020.
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2020-06-02 Out Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Sale of alcohol will be prohibited on Sundays as per the liquor act.
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2020-06-02 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Country will progress to stage 3 of easing of restrictions except for walvis bay
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2020-06-02 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Restaurat, cafes and kapana traders allowed to resume business under certain guidelines/
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2020-06-02 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Sproting events and activites EXCEPT contact sports allowed to resume
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2020-05-28 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The limit on public gatherings has been lifted to allow for 50 people.
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2020-05-28 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Dr. Shangula said people coming in Namibia now will all be tested at point of entry, those who test positive will be taken to isolation centres and those who test negative will be quarantined and tested again after 2 weeks. Truck drivers will now be quarantined in govt facilities
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2020-05-28 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Walvis Bay local authority lockdown is effective immediately. Meaning no one can enter or leave Walvis Bay without a permit as of now. This, she said, was done to avoid panic exodus of people from the local authority b4 2 June
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2020-05-14 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Tourism operations, such as accommodation establishments, guest houses, bed-and-breakfast establishments, lodges, backpackers, campsites, restaurants and transport services can now operate.
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2020-05-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
President Hage Geingob, in a media release issued this afternoon, said the govt’s fleet of vehicles will not be renewed for the next five years and monthly fuel consumption of gov’t vehicles will be capped to reduce costs amidst the current tough economic times.
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2020-05-06 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Phase 2: Teachers will be allowed to be at schools. Pupils to remain home until August.
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2020-05-06 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Lecturers and teachers will officially return to places of work on wednesday the 6th of May, though students will not return until further notice.
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2020-05-05 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Phase 2: Shopping malls, retail outlets, laudromats & tailors, as well as beauty parlours, haridressers and barbers, will be allowed to operate under social distacing & hygiene guidelines.
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2020-05-05 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The nationwide lockdown will end on May 4th as planned and there will be a gradual phase reopening of institutions from may 5th.
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2020-05-05 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
When lockdown ends on may 5th and restrictions eased, people may travel domestically but must wear face masks at all times.
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2020-05-05 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Phase 2: Kapana traders and restaurants will be allowed to operate for take away only and must adhere to strict hygiene protocol. But buying & sale of alcohol remains prohibited.
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2020-05-05 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Domestic air travel may operate in adherence to social distancing. Road travel will be permitted with specific guidelines according to vehicle type and capacity, in line with social distancing rules e.g. large buses with 16 or more seats may operate only at 50% capacity.
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2020-04-30 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
The state of emergency will remain in force until 6 months from March when it began (end August).
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2020-04-27 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Informal markets will be opened tomorrow for the sale of foodstuffs only after they’ve been disinfected and marked for social distancing. Trading hours will only be from 08h00 to 17h00
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2020-04-22 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Commission will give wage subsidies to the hard hit sectors such as construction, farming, domestic workers, and entertainment provided they agree to retain workers for three months.
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2020-04-22 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
employers may not dismiss employees during this COVID-19 lockdown without following legal procedures.
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2020-04-22 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
wage subsidies will be given to the hard hit sectors such as construction, farming, domestic workers, and entertainment provided they agree to retain workers for three months.
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2020-04-17 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Work from home measure for government and private sector employees, due to end on the 17th of April will be extended to May 5th.
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2020-04-17 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Namibia’s lockdown, due to end on the 17th of April, will be extended to midnight on the 4th of May.
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2020-04-17 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The lockdown, due to end the 17th April, will be extended until the 5th of May.
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2020-04-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
President approves the roll out of the Emergency Income Grant (EIG)
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2020-04-14 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Namibia extends lockdown a further 2.5 weeks, until may 4th
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2020-04-14 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The operations of the fishing sector will be allowed to continue again, under strict health standards, considering they are part of the food supply chain and thus an essential service.
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2020-04-14 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The ban on certain business activites will no longer apply to informal trading and open markets, though such business will be subject to strict hygeine, social distancing and limited social gathering rules.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Namibia will make a once off payment individuals between 18-60 who lost their jobs due to covid-19 and are not receiving other social grants. This will be for both formal and informal sector workers, and the amount will be 750N$. Payments will be made within 7 days of application if approved.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
tax registered and tax paying employees and self amployed who have lost income due to covid19 will be able to borrow an amount equal to 1/12 of the tax they paid in the previous tax year to be repaid after 1 yr. The interest rate will be below prime backed by the government.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government will ensure that water points are kept open without a need for a water card during lockdowns.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Employers including government and business owners will be allowed to negotiate a temporary 20% reduction of salaries and wages during this crisis period and 50% for the worst hit industries.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
government will provide a wage subsidy to aid businesses in retaining jobs in the tourism, hospitality, travel and aviation and construction sectors.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
tax paying cashflow restrained businesses in the non-mining sector will be able to borrow 1/12 of the tax they paid last year at below prime interest rate to be repaid after one year.
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2020-03-28 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The sale of alcohol will cease.
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2020-03-28 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
People may only leave their homes if they are exempt to the lockdown rules (keyworkers), to buy essential items, for medical reasons, or for some exercise in groups of no more than 3. Breaking the lockdown will result in a spot fine or arrest.
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2020-03-28 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
People may only leave their homes if they are exempt to the lockdown rules (keyworkers), to buy essential items, for medical reasons, or for some exercise in groups of no more than 3. Breaking the lockdown will result in a spot fine or arrest.
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2020-03-25 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Suspension of parliament for 21 days.
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2020-03-24 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
closure of all bars and pubs at 18:00 daily for the next 14 days
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2020-03-24 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
All foreign nationals will be banned from entering the country, effective immediately, to prevent further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure will remain in place for 30 days. Additionally, Namibian citizens and permanent residents will be prohibited from leaving the country, and those returning are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Residents seeking to enter Namibia will only be allowed entry "if their mission is critical to national interest."
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All scheduled passenger flights, including private chartered flights to and from countries where there is active local transmission be temporarily suspended for 30 days with immediate effect. This suspension is exclusive of cargo and emergency flights to and from Namibia;
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2020-03-17 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Travel ban on foreign nationals by air or sea from affected countries. The countries include the Schengen states, China, Iran, Korea, United Kingdom, United States of America and Japan.
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
A temporary travel suspension for 30 days for Namibians or Permanent Residents functionaries except for special cases with prior authorization with Ministry of Health and Social Services and Home Affairs and Immigration.
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2020-03-17 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Large public gatherings (of more than 50 people) to be suspended; schools, religious gatherings, customary, weddings, funerals, and all parades for uniformed forces to be suspended until further notice.
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Mandatory screening for COVID-19 to be conducted at all Points of Entry in the country. Thermo guns to be placed at all checkpoints and roadblocks for screening inland travelers;
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All returning Namibians and permanent residents arriving from countries at high risk or from affected other countries will be subject to supervised self- quarantine from 14 days
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
Deaths and funerals related to COVID-19 will be handled by the government with psychosocial support to the family.
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: General recommendations
The Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development should implore upon the cosmetic industry to invest on manufacturing of sanitizers and other protective products to assess the impact of COVID- 19.
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Amendments to funeral and burial regulations
Deaths and funerals related to COVID-19 will be handled by the government with psychosocial support to the family.
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Public awareness messages and campaigns should be intensified using all media avenues and platforms to reach every community member in all regions.
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
The provision of water supply to be scaled up at informal settlement and other strategic places through water tankers.
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2020-03-17 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All leisure, business and social travel like tourists is suspended, and Namibians who are residents in other countries considering to visit Namibia to postpone such visits;
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Owners of public transport vehicles to provide hand sanitizers and masks to all their clients/passengers and enforcement the laws on overloading strictly.
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2020-03-17 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Trade fairs, sports, events, and demonstrations to be postponed for 30 days.
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Shops, shopping mall and supermarkets to put measures in place to ensure and enhance hygiene at all time to protect all clients and customers, such as the provision of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and face masks for employees.
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Travellers who are considered high-risk for COVID-19 due to symptoms and recent exposure in a country with active transmission may be taken to an isolation facility for treatment. For travellers who have been in China in the previous 14 days who do not have symptoms, 14 days of self-quarantine is being recommended by the Government of the Republic of Namibia.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
All schools closed in Namibia until the 14th of April.
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2020-03-14 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Flights to Germany, Qatar and Ethiopia.
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2020-03-14 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All big gatherings are suspended for a period of 30 days.
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2020-03-14 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Independence celebrations have been called off and the financial outlay for this will be used in the fight against covid-19.
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