Botswana’s National Parks, Game Reserves and guest houses allowed to re-open

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In line with Botswana’s strategy of gradually lifting lockdown put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, the country has entered into the final phase three from May 15 to 22, 2020 where National Parks and Game Reserves are allowed to re-open.

According to the Environment and Tourism Sector of Botswana, museums as well as commercial guest houses will also be allowed to re-start welcoming guests.

Restaurants, where clients sit down, cinemas, casinos, book shops and curio shops are also allowed to resume operations, but only at 50% of their staff complement from their lockdown baseline staffing levels.

In phase three, international travel remains suspended whilst domestic travel between Botswana’s nine Covid-zones is allowed provided that a green permit has been previously obtained.

For all entities allowed to operate, there are minimum requirements that include daily Covid-19 temperature screening, mandatory wearing of face masks for all, disinfection and cleaning of shared spaces twice or thrice a day, frequent use of hand sanitizers on entry, keeping of  a register of all employees, visitors and clients as well as denial of entry or service to non-complying persons.

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