Africa: Botswana Parliament endorse State of Emergency to combat Coronavirus


As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, governments are taking various approaches to stem the tide in their nations. In Botswana, the parliament has just endorsed the State Of Emergency into law.

This means the landlocked country with a population of 2 million will be governed by and through the powers vested to the president for the next six months.

Regulations approved by Parliament means the following shall happen:

1, Lockdown will end on the 30th April 2020.

2, Schools will be closed for 6 months.

3, Entry into Botswana is prohibited unless one is a citizen or resident in Botswana for 6 months, unless the President directs otherwise.

4, Gatherings of 2 or more people are prohibited for 6 months.

5, Not more than 50 people are to attend a funeral in the next 6 months.

6, No visits to hospitals, prisons and rehabilitation centres in the next 6 months.

7, Restaurants will only open for takeaway services in the next 6 months.

8, Alcohol and cigarettes will not be sold for 6 months.

9, No employee will be retrenched in the next 6 months unless the business closes.

10, Employees do not have the right to strike in the next 6 months.

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