Botswana: Non-Complaint Businesses Will Be Closed - Permanent Secretary

Gaborone — Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry, Ms Keganele Malikongwa says even though businesses are not inspected prior to re-opening, those that do not comply with COVID-19 regulations will be closed.

As such, Ms Malikgongwa has advised businesses to adhere to COVID-19 regulations aimed at combating the pandemic before opening their businesses.

Addressing a media briefing on May 16, to give an update on businesses to be opened under phase 3, Ms Malikongwa said businesses must adhere to cleanliness and safety for all.

Ms Malikongwa said businesses eligible to operate as of May 15 included food outlets such as restaurants.

"Previously, they were only allowed to serve food as take away and as of May 15, they are operating normally as long as they adhere to COVID-19 regulations," said Ms Malikongwa.

She said more than ever before, businesses must comply with health and wellness regulations in the workplace.

Ms Malikongwa has also observed that some food outlets also provided entertainment areas for kids such jumping castles to keep them busy while parents were awaiting for their orders.

In an effort to adhere to COVID-19 regulation of keeping social distancing, Ms Malikongwa said entertainment service for kids at restaurants was currently suspended.

Source : BOPA

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