Namibia’s President Hage Geingob has announced during a media briefing to update the nation on the latest COVID-19 situation in the country on 11 September 2020 that all 14 regions of Namibia will remain in stage three of the COVID-19 state of emergency for another 5 days (13 September 2020 – midnight on 17 September 2020). As of 11 September 2020, Namibia had 9,437 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 98 deaths. A total of 4,898 individuals have recovered from the disease.
The following measures will apply during the extended stage three of Namibia’s COVID-19 state of emergency (travel and tourism related only):
- Travel restrictions into and out of the City of Windhoek, Okahandja and Rehoboth Local Authority Areas remain in force.
- International travel:
- Travel out of Namibia will be permitted via Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek, subject to quarantine at own cost (!) upon return.
- Entry and exit into Namibia for business travel purposes will be permitted Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. This is in addition to the tourism revival initiative and subject to quarantine at own cost (!) upon arrival or return.
To complement economic activities, the daily curfew hours will now commence from 22:00 to 05:00 countrywide
The following business activities will be permitted to resume, countrywide, including within the restricted areas of the City of Windhoek, Okahandja and Rehoboth Local Authorities:
- Restaurants, Cafes and Informal Food Traders may reopen for sit down meals and may sell alcohol for onsite consumption only.
- For Shebeens, Bars and Liquor Outlets, trading hours for the sale of alcohol will remain the same countrywide and alcohol is only to be sold for off-site consumption (!)
- Entertainment events, conferences and workshops may resume, in compliance with the limit on public gatherings (50 people max.!) as well as health and hygiene protocols.
- Nightclubs and gambling houses are to remain closed (!) for the duration of this period. Due to the curfew (22:00 – 05:00), theses businesses may not be able to operate.