Namibia has introduced a four stage strategy to exit the lock down that had been put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking at a presidential media briefing, Namibia’s President Hage Geingob announced that Namibia would gradually reopen from Tuesday next week, as the country moves into stage two of adopted restrictions meant to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Geingob added that as the country reopened, the six-month state of emergency would remain in force and may be extended, subject to the changing situation in the country and that the adopted restrictions were in line with global guidelines on national responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Erongo and Khomas regions, as well as the local authority areas of Okahandja and Rehoboth have been under lockdown since March 28, 2020, whilst the entire nation has been under lockdown since April 18, 2020.
The lockdown is set to lapse on May 4, 2020, day end.
According to the President, the adopted stages are stage one, which is currently in effect, stage two when the country will gradually reopen under strict precautions from May 5 to June 2, 2020, stage three from June 2 to 30, 2020 will have moderate measures put in place and the final stage, the ‘new normal’, will come into effect from June, 30 to the end of the state of emergency.