Mbabane: Prime Minister Cleopas Sipho Dlamini has announced new eased COVID-19 restrictions under adjusted Level one effective midnight.
Among the eased restrictions is the reopening of all sporting activities in the country. The Prime Minister announced that all sporting events in the country can now resume, operating under strict observance of relevant sector COVID-19 protocols and the General COVID-19 preventative measures of physical distancing, sanitizing, and proper wearing of masks.
Dlamini also announced that up to a maximum of 2000 vaccinated spectators will be allowed at Somhlolo National Stadium and Mavuso Sports Centre. Premier announced that other open grounds will be allowed up to 500 vaccinated spectators, also under strict COVID-19 protocols.
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The premier further announced that the sale and distribution of alcohol will now be allowed on Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, on Saturday from 9am to 2pm. However, alcohol sale remains strictly for home consumption except where served with meals at restaurants.
He said the serving of food and alcoholic beverages remains prohibited in all gatherings, including funerals, sporting, and entertainment events.
Dlamini went on to state that community meetings will now be allowed to operate normally under strict adherence to COVID-19 regulations. He stated that Kufukama, night vigils, and nightclubs remain prohibited.
Church services are also allowed to more than once a week for a period not exceeding three hours at any given time and with strict adherence to the curfew and all COVID-19 prevention protocols.”
On Public Transport, Dlamini announced that public transport to operate at full capacity as per their vehicle operating
The Premier said the government is encouraged to note a significant decline in COVID-19 infections and mortalities in recent weeks, and therefore continue to urge the nation to continue vaccinating.
Dlamini emphasized that the easing of these measures is not an invitation for emaSwati to relax. COVID-19 is still an enemy lurking in our midst. “We are reminded to be vigilant at all times and to refrain from any behaviour that will expose us and our loved ones to the dreaded virus,” he said.