Botswana: Government Amends Covid-19 Regulations

Gaborone — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi February 26 announced changes to COVID-19 regulations among them extension of the nationwide curfew by another month.

In a televised address, President Masisi said the curfew, which had been scheduled to end yesterday, would be extended to March 31.

It would begin at 10pm ending at 4am daily which translates into a reduction of two hours from the previous curfew.

President Masisi also announced government's decision to lift the suspension of the sale of liquor effective today.

The development means that all liquor outlets, including restaurants, will be allowed to sell alcohol on a takeaway basis and only on weekdays.

Discotheques and nightclubs will remain closed.

Government suspended the sale and consumption of alcohol in public places on January 4 in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

However, government was worried by the effects of the suspension on the industry and by extension, the country's economy, hence its lifting, explained the President.

Quoting scientific findings, he said without the curfew and other mitigation strategies, the magnitude of COVID-19 cases and causalities would have been severe with untold consequences on the welfare of the people, health care system and the economy.

"Studies, both scientific and anecdotal, have shown that alcohol consumption impairs judgment making it difficult in some cases to adhere to the set health protocols," he stated.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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