Seventeen arrested for contravening state of emergency regulation in ||Kharas

 Namibian Police Force regional commander, Commisssioner, David Indongo said 17 people were fined for Contravening regulation 11 of State of Emergency so far in the ||Kharas Region.

Regulation 11 of the State of Emergency states that a person may not sell alcohol during the lockdown period. It says anyone who contravenes this regulation commits an offence and if convicted, is liable to a fine of N.dollars 2 000 or imprisonment not exceeding six months.

In an interview with Nampa on Friday, Indongo said all liquor business have been closed but some are still contravening the regulation 11 of the state of emergency.

Indongo warned that first offenders will be fined but if they repeat the same offence they will be arrested.

‘All home brew houses were visited and education on COVID-19 was done, the home brew was disposed, they being monitored. We urged owners of liquor business to adhere to the regulations as there are business owners who are still selling backdoor,’ he urged.

He added that the community, business and even the street vendors have shown cooperation with the regulations in place.

‘Funerals is still a challenge as it is difficult for families who wish to bid farewell to their loved to be limited. Several families in the region were visited and explanations were done regarding the proclamation done, many indicated that they do understand and by all means will follow the regulations for their safety as well,’ said Indongo

The commissioner went on to say that the social distancing is a challenge noting that companies and business were addressed and their security officers are assisting members of the police in assuring that the social distancing is implemented.

‘Businesses were tasked to mark off distances of one to two meters between clients, however their parents that are taking their children to the shops we advised that they stop for their children safety,’ he said.

This news agency observed that many none essential businesses are close and only few street vendor are seen selling at Keetmanshoop.

Restaurants, cafe and coffee shops remain open but they are only offering take away services.

In terms of social distancing at grocery store there are marking at many of them and only a certain number of people are allowed in the shop at a time and they are only allowed to do the shopping for 15 minutes.

Source: Namibia Press Agency