Mbabane – It’s a relief! Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini has announced new eased COVID-19 restrictions under Adjusted Risk Level 1 effective immediately.
Some of the adjusted measures include the lifting of the PCR test requirement when travelling into Eswatini as well as the lifting of restrictions on the hosting of outdoor sport and entertainment activities.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that wearing of masks in open space was now voluntary and the same had been announced by the Premier of Eswatini. At a press briefing the Prime Minister said, “the wearing of face masks in open space is no longer mandatory in groups of not more than five people.During large outdoor gatherings people shall continue observing social distancing of at least one metre apart and shall continue to wear face masks. People with flu-like symptoms should not participate in gatherings whether indoor or outdoor.”
On travel the PM said, “entry into Eswatini now requires either proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative PCR Test of not more than 72 hours. This does not apply to children under the age of 12. It should be noted, however, that negative PCR test may still be required when travelling to or through other countries.”
The Premier, in relation to sports added that all restrictions are lifted for outdoor sporting activities. Spectators in indoor sports will be required to wear a face mask. Then on entertainment the head of government highlighted that restrictions for entertainment events are lifted, however attendants should adhere to relevant indoor and outdoor restrictions.
For indoor gatherings Dlamini said, “COVID-19 preventive measures comprising of sanitising and one metre social distancing are mandatory for all indoor gatherings. Participants attending indoor events are required to wear their face masks. Inside shopping supermarkets and other shops, face masks will be required. Churches may operate at full capacity provided indoor COVID-19 measures such as wearing of face masks and social distancing of one metre are adhered to.”
He said in funeral and memorial services, the wearing of face masks and adherence to COVID-19 restrictions is required. While on night vigils and Kufukama he said, “Kufukama and night vigils are now permitted but must be conducted in strict adherence to COVID-19 restrictions.”
On alcohol sale, the Premier highlighted, “sale and consumption of alcohol on premises within approved trading hours is allowed. Indoor COVID-19 restrictions must be observed at all times.”
He then emphasised on the importance of vaccinating against COVID-19 stating that these vaccines have been proven to prevent severe disease and death for the prevailing variants.
“The threat of a fifth wave is real and therefore the nation is advised to remain alert and flexible when additional restrictions are required to protect the vulnerable population.”