Namibia – Hospitality, tourism sector can now open

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism announced the hospitality and tourism sector can now operate under stage 2 of the Covid-19 lockdown exit strategy, albeit on strict conditions.

The ministry’s chief public relations officer, Romeo Muyunda, in a statement yesterday said tourism operations, such as accommodation establishments, guest houses, bed-and-breakfast establishments, lodges, backpackers, campsites, restaurants and transport services can now operate.

“The specific regulations are still to be gazetted, but we encourage the sector in the meantime to observe social distancing and hygiene protocol,” – said Muyunda.

He said restaurants and food outlets, instead of serving seated clients, should offer takeaway services. Alcohol sales, as well as operating casinos, gambling houses and bars are still prohibited.

Muyunda said the ministry recognises the impact the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown have had on the tourism and hospitality sector and that the sector is suffering.

“However, in the short term, restrictions are critical to ensure the health of Namibians, so that in the long term, confidence in Namibia as a destination for future travel is maintained,” Muyunda said.

He said, the ministry is dedicated to doing its best to ensure the tourism and hospitality sector is part of the government’s economic stimulus or rescue plan.


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