Filter for Swaziland Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-19 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Places of worship will need to obtain a compliance permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs in order to operate. Assessments will be made for each applicant to determine readiness. Worshipers are strictly required to observe two metre social distancing, wear masks and refrain from laying of hands, touching or hugging, among others. The full observance of 2 metre distance between individuals will determine the numbers allowed indoors.
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2020-07-19 Out Public health measures: Amendments to funeral and burial regulations
In funerals, there shall be no night vigil. The number of people attending a funeral shall not exceed 100 when the funeral is held in an open space. All persons taking part at a funeral must maintain proper hygiene including washing of hands with soap and running water.
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2020-07-19 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All community meetings must be attended by people not exceeding 100 observing the 2 metre distance between individuals. Where a community meeting is held in closed structures, appropriate fumigation must be implemented.
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2020-07-19 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The number of people attending a wedding ceremony shall not exceed 100 people if held in an open space. In cases where the wedding is conducted indoors, the number of people will also be determined by strict adherence to the two metre social distancing.
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2020-07-13 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Government hereby announces that the following businesses are allowed to operate under strict guidelines effective on 13 July 2020: Casinos, Game Rooms and Gambling Facilities; cinemas; auctioneers; Gyms, health and beauty spas
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2020-07-06 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Government, in consultation with stakeholders, has therefore issued new transport guidelines which are effective on Monday 6 July 2020. They are as follows; • Seated carrying capacity for public transport is permitted up to 80%. This measure is put in place under the following conditions; a) Compulsory sanitisation for all passengers. This is the responsibility of each transport operator. b) Wearing of masks for all vehicle occupants is compulsory. c) The current arrangement of vehicles per route shall be retained and only increased by demand.
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2020-07-06 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
The 6th July 2020 has been identified as a probable realistic date to initiate the re-opening of schools gradually.
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2020-07-06 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Government will begin a phased approach of reopening schools and tertiary institutions with effect from Monday 6 July 2020. The first phase involves the opening of Form 5s and completing classes in tertiary institutions.
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2020-07-01 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Government has decided to (re)suspened of the wholesaling & distribution of liquor with effect from 1 July as a measure to contain the spread of COVID19. The sale of alcohol will be stopped for a period not exceeding two months. Alcohol sale was just reallowed a 2 weeks before but after a surge in cases they are reversing the rule.
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2020-06-20 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Government has re-issued a Declaration in accordance to Section 29 of the Disaster Management Act 2006 which allows the partial lockdown regulations to continue.
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Gvmt announced reopening of more businesses in the country with effect from 15 June 2020. These businesses are: driving schools, clothing vendors, craft vendors, manufacturers, distributors & wholesalers of alcohol, cosmetics & beauty shops, hairdressing salons & barber shops, general dealers that do not sell food, photographic studios & jewelers. Any business breaking regulations will be shut down.
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2020-06-11 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All previously reopened & reopening businesses, with the exception of liquor outlets and those falling within COVID19 hotspots, will now operate under normal hours to avoid congestion in business centres. See link for list of business and more regulations regarding them.
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2020-06-11 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Liquor shall strictly and only be sold for home use. Liquor outlets shall be allowed to operate from mon-thurs 11-17 and there is a limit on the amount a person can purchase
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2020-06-07 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
The opening of Form 5 and completing classes at Tertiary Level is postponed to 6 July 2020.
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2020-06-06 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Seed Capital of E5 million set aside for the establishment of an Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF): Government, through the ENPF, has set aside E5 million for the establishment of a first of its kind UIF to offer protection against loss of income.
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2020-06-06 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
E25 million relief fund for laid-off & unpaid workers: Government has set up this fund to mitigate the effects of #COVID19 on laid-off & unpaid workers in the country. The Fund will be managed by Government, employer and employee representatives, ENPF & NDMA.
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2020-06-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The water tariff increase that was deferred for a period of two months ending 31 May, 2020 will again be deferred for one additional month from 1st June, 2020 to 30th June, 2020.
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2020-05-31 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
the manufacturing, distribution & wholesaling of liquor remains banned during the partial lockdown.
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2020-05-29 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The implementation of the electricity tariff increase will be discontinued until 2021 in order to cushion Emaswati
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2020-05-29 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
His Majesty’s Government has decided to allow more businesses to operate under strict health conditions. The list of businesses can be found via the link but includes, car dealer, cell phone shops, shoe repair shops and laudromats. These businesses can open at specific times under stirct hygeine and social distancing guidelines.
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2020-05-19 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini has announced a one-month extension of the National Emergency in Eswatini with effect from 19 May.
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2020-05-16 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
The Ministry of Education will be providing COVID19 counselling radio programs for pupils starting today. The programs are meant to provide pupils across all grades with psychological support amid the outbreak of #COVID19 & will be aired on EBIS 1 every Saturday from 12:45.
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2020-05-09 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Country lifts the suspension of marriage services. Though not more than 20 people should attend these services. The Coronavirus Regulations of 2020 must be fully complied with.
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2020-05-09 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Marriage services may not have more than 20 attendees and must abide by strict coronavirus regulations.
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2020-05-08 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Fuel price drop in the country comes into effect 8th may.
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2020-05-08 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The lockdown in the country will begin a gradual easing out from the 8th of may.
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2020-05-08 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Certain businesses may reopen: Tailors & dressmakers (that produce face masks & PPE), vehicle testing stations & decor shops will all operate 3 times a week & under strict hygiene conditions. Companies that do not prove they have put in place strict hygiene measures will be denied a permit to operate.
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2020-04-27 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
public transport will operate in a controlled manner with effect from Monday, 27 April. Operating hours of all public transport vehicles shall be determined by demand as permitted by the Technical Working Group. Public and private vehicles shall operate at 70% capacity and occupants should wear face masks
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2020-04-27 In Movement restrictions: Checkpoints within the country
People travelling between regions will need written permission from local authorities to do so with effect from Monday, 27 April. Police will ensure that there is no unnecessary travel within communities
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2020-04-24 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Police will increase their visibility around the country in order to ensure compliance with the strengthened partial lockdown measures.
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
803 000 litres of clean water have been delivered across the 4 regions of Eswatini to aid in the fight against COVID19.
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2020-04-23 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Retail outlets selling baby essentials, stationery shops, automobile workshops, spares, breakdown services & construction will continue to operate under strict conditions. All essential services as announced on 27 March will continue to operate
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2020-04-23 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
All essential service providers & all those cleared by the Ministry of Commerce after obtaining a permit to that effect, shall consult the COVID19 Logistics & Transport Technical Working Group for provision of transportation services for their employees
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2020-04-22 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Government recommends wearing a mask in public places. Simply cloth face coverings fashioned from common materials are recommended.
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2020-04-22 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Government will provide food assistance to the most vulnerable of our society that have been adversely affected by COVID19. The food assistance will benefit over 300 000 individuals from 63 000 households across all four regions of the Kingdom
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2020-04-22 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Government will ensure availability of face masks and increase number of ventillators in the country, increase PPE supply for health workers.
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2020-04-22 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Non functional water points are being rehabilitated
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2020-04-22 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Central Bank has reduced the repo rate by 100 basis points allowing businesses to get loans at lower interest rates, leaving more money in the pockets of consumers.
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2020-04-16 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
It is the duty of the commuter or passenger of public transport to provide themselves with face masks. Public transport drivers MUST NOT allow commuters to board vehicles without face masks
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2020-04-16 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Operation hours of all public transport shall no longer be restricted but shall operate normal hours. The operation of public transport is essential. Buses, taxis & minibuses shall operate at 70% capacity on condition that ALL occupants wear face masks
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2020-04-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Buses shall not have a standing capacity.
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2020-04-15 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Extension of the partial lockdown for another three weeks effective at midnight 15th april
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Production and distribution of alcohol is prohibited for the duration of this partial lockdown
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2020-04-09 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Government has established an Emergency toll free line 112 for COVID19 related emergency inquiries and for reporting incidences related to the response and interventions of the virus.
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2020-04-06 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
all non-essential Government services will be shut down with effect from Monday, 6 April 2020.
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2020-04-04 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All public transport vehicles will be expected to carry no more than 70% of their full capacity while private vehicles will be required to carry no more than 60%.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government has reduced the price of fuel with effect from midnight 2 April 2020.
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The increase in the price of electricity has been suspended for two months.
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The renewal of motor vehicles registration has been extended without attracting penalties to the 29th May.
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Taxpayers projecting losses are expected to file loss provisional returns and no payment will be required.
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government is engaging the transport sector with a view to assist with a small subsidy to ensure the industry to continue transporting workers in essential services and citizens embarking on essential travel.
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2020-04-01 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All elderly grants will be paid electronically with immediate effect.
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2020-03-31 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Foreigners who are in this country whose days have elapsed will have their days extended after the expiry of the lockdown without a penalty.
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2020-03-29 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Public transport will onlt operate between 05:00-09:00 and 15:00-19:00 for the duration of the lockdown.
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2020-03-28 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government sets the price of handsanitizers to a proce not exceeding E150 per litre.
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2020-03-27 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
It is an offence to spread rumours or unauthentic information of covid-19. Such doing may result in a large fine of up to 5 years imprisonment.
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2020-03-27 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Partial lockdown to be enforced for 20 days.
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2020-03-27 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Domestic travel restrictions will be in place for 20 days, banning non-essential travel between towns, cities, and regions of the country except for food transportation and medical reasons.
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2020-03-27 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Public transportation will only operate for essential movement.
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2020-03-27 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Only 20 people will be allowed in restaurants or banks, and gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited.
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2020-03-27 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Any person who intentionally exposes another person to COVID-19 may be prosecuted for an offence, including assault, attempted murder or murder.
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2020-03-26 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Eswatini to close all borders to all but cargo, returning citizens, and legal residents effective immediately.
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2020-03-26 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All returning residents will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a designated location.
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2020-03-26 In Socio-economic measures: Military deployment
The military will be deplyed to enforce the lockdown.
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2020-03-20 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Visas already issued to foreign nationals from high risk countries will be revoked.
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2020-03-18 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
Eswatini has suspended prison visits.
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2020-03-18 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Visits to hospitals are restricted.
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2020-03-17 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
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2020-03-17 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All public and private gatherings of 50 or more people are suspended until further notice. These include conferences, funerals, weddings, entertainment, sporting activities, etc.
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Foreign nationals from high-risk countries will not be allowed to enter Eswatini until further notice
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2020-03-17 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Schools and tertiary insitiutions to be closed with immediate effect.
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Residents/Citizens returning from high risk countries will be subjected to intensive screening and are required to self isolate for a mandatory 14 days.
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Non essential travel to all other countries is suspended for all citizens and ctizens are encouraged to minimize non essential local travel.
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2020-02-25 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Not travel to China
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2020-02-25 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
For people from China
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