Namibian Police Force in the Erongo Region has observed with concern a considerable number of people still gathering at drinking spots

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

In a statement availed to Nampa yesterday, NamPol's Commander for the Erongo Region, Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu, reminded local shebeen and liquor outlet owners that the 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 of more than 50 people have been suspended for a period of 30 days in addition to President Hage Geingob’s declaration of a State of Emergency relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commissioner 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.

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

Source: Namibia Press Agency