Erongo NamPol urges people to stay away from drinking spots

The Namibian Police in Erongo Region has observed with concern a considerable number of people still gathering at drinking spots, despite the Government’s call to avoid crowded place amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In a statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday, Police Regional Commander Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu reminded local shebeens and liquor outlets owners that a prevailing situation should speak to their consciousness.

“We all have a duty to complement the government’s efforts in promoting health safety in our communities, which includes their own safety as owners, employees and the people who visit their entertainment spots,” Nelumbu noted.

In compliance to the Government’s order, large gatherings have suspended for a period of 30 days in addition to President Hage Geingob’s declaration of the state of Emergency on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commissioner has however expressed gratitude to vendors operating from the Ekutulatika open market as well as other local vendors for heeding to the call by closing operations which gather large crowds.

“The closure of Ekutulatika demonstrates commendable cooperation between the communities and Local authorities in addressing the coronavirus pandemic,” Nelumbu said.

The Municipality of Walvis Bay, Arandis and Usakos Town Councils have also announced the closing of public places such as community halls and other places such as gyms and recreational venues which attract large crowds.

There are no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases in Namibia and the two current positive cases are that of a Romanian couple who are currently in quarantine and are recovering well, according to media reports.

Source: Namibia press Agency