Botswana Extends 6 Months to fight COVID 19
State of Emergency SOE EXTENDED BY SIX MORE MONTHS!
Parliament has extended the State of Public Emergency by a further 6 months. Exactly 41 MPs voted for the motion, 16 voted against the motion, 1 abstained while 6 were absent.
This comes in as the Government of Botswana States the condition of the COVID 19 in the Country.
”A Declaration of the State of Public Emergency by the President of Botswana allows the promulgation of regulations. These regulations include controlling the movement of people, restricting public gatherings, the prohibition of entry into the Republic of Botswana by a non-citizen, suspension of retrenchment of workers, as well as the provision for payment of people and entities affected by the regulation. Unfortunately, this is not within the powers of the Director Of Health Services” President Mokgweetsi Masisi Quoted.
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The southern African country will maintain several restrictions, including limits to international travelers and tourism, in contrast to neighboring South Africa and Zimbabwe, which are opening up their economies.
The country borders remain closed until further notice, as the government contemplates measures and guidelines of reopening.
“The disease burden has made it clear and imperative for us to extend the state of public emergency in the interest of the public,” said President Mokgweetsi Masisi, before parliament voted to continue the emergency on Monday night.
Therefore it means that Botswana will spend a total of 12 months under a state of Emergency.
You are therefore advised to plan accordingly if you were planning to fly into Botswana, for any related business. The effect of this emergency is immediate and will affect a lot of people traveling in and out of Botswana.
NOTE:- The State of the closure and reopening of borders will be updated every week, but as it remains, the country still operates under restrictions of movement and gatherings.
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