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Botswana COVID-19 Regulation Updates

Written by Vicky Daley
on April 30, 2020

Libryo is using its regulatory tracking technology to keep this live blog of new law relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any new updates will provide highlights of the legislation, key publication information and dates as well as links to the sources.


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Live updates: COVID-19 regulations for

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Botswana

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Last Updated: Friday 25 September 2020

COVID-19 Tests for Inter-Zonal Travel

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The Director of Health Services has issued a notice to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that requires a person to undergo a COVID-19 test if ordered by the Director and if travelling from or through a high-risk zone or area and prohibits non-essential travel. 

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Published in Terms of Emergency Powers Act

Gazette Number: 84

Notice Number: 323

Publication Date: 13 August 2020

Effective Date: 13 August 2020

Source: https://www.bocra.org.bw/sites/default/files/covid19-docs/Extraordinary%20Gazette%2013th%20August%202020%20.pdf

Copyright © Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority. All rights Reserved.


 
Lifting of Restrictions for the Holding of Meetings, Workshops and Conferences

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The President of the Republic of Botswana has issued a Notice that authorises the convening of meetings, workshops and conferences of no more than 50 people and requires the convenor of the meeting, workshop or conference to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are adhered to at the event. 

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Published in Terms of Emergency Powers Act

Gazette Number: 84

Notice Number: 321

Publication Date: 13 August 2020

Effective Date: 13 August 2020

Source: https://www.bocra.org.bw/sites/default/files/covid19-docs/Extraordinary%20Gazette%2013th%20August%202020%20.pdf

Copyright © Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority. All rights Reserved.


 
Directions for the Prevention of the Spread of COVID-19

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The Director of Health Services has issued directions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that require people to wear face coverings in public places, prohibit entry to Botswana from high-risk countries and place restrictions on gatherings. 

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Published in Terms of Emergency Powers Act

Gazette Number: 84

Notice Number: 320

Publication Date: 13 August 2020

Effective Date: 13 August 2020

Source: https://www.bocra.org.bw/sites/default/files/covid19-docs/Extraordinary%20Gazette%2013th%20August%202020%20.pdf

Copyright © Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority. All rights Reserved.


 
Lifting of Liquor Restrictions

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The President of the Republic of Botswana has issued a notice to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that permits the sale of intoxicating liquor for consumption off the premises or in licensed restaurants and sets out times within which the sale of intoxicating liquor is permitted. 

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Published in Terms of Emergency Powers Act

Gazette Number: 58

Notice Number: 219

Publication Date: 15 June 2020

Effective Date: 15 June 2020

Source: https://www.bocra.org.bw/sites/default/files/covid19-docs/Extraordinary%20Gazette%2015%20June%202020%20copy.pdf

Copyright © Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority. All rights Reserved.


 
Management of Symptomatic People in Workplaces

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness has issued guidance to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that requires workplaces and schools to set up screening stations and requires the self-isolation and testing of persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 infection. 

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Publication Date: 25 September 2020

Source: https://covid19portal.gov.bw/sites/default/files/2020-05/MANAGEMENT-OF-SYMPTOMATIC-PEOPLE-IN-WORKPLACES.pdf

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Infection Prevention and Control Measures in Workplaces Guide

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness has issued guidance to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that advises workplaces and schools on measures that should be taken to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in those establishments. 

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Publication Date: 25 September 2020

Source: https://covid19portal.gov.bw/sites/default/files/2020-05/INFECTION-PREVENTION-CONTROL-MEASURES-IN-WORKPLACES-GUIDE.pdfhttp://www.fao.org/faolex/results/details/en/c/LEX-FAOC195071

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Last Updated: Monday 20 July 2020
Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 

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The authority has published Regulations which aim to prevent and contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

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Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Effective Date: 2 April 2020

Source: http://www.fao.org/faolex/results/details/en/c/LEX-FAOC195071

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Last Updated: Friday 30 April 2020
Public Health (Prohibition of Entry into Botswana) Order, 2020
 

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The Minister of Health and Wellness of Botswana has issued an Order that prohibits the entry into Botswana by persons coming from countries with a high risk of COVID-19 infection unless they are citizens or residents of Botswana.

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Gazette Number: 26

Notice Number: 37 of 2020

Publication Date: 24 March 2020

Effective Date: 24 March 2020

Source: https://africanlii.org/akn/bw/act/si/2020/37

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Public Health (Prevention of Introduction of Covid-19 into Botswana) Order, 2020

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The Minister of Health and Wellness of Botswana has issued an order that requires citizens and non-citizens resident in Botswana who are entering Botswana to submit to medical examination, isolation, medical surveillance and quarantine if required.

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Published in Terms of Public Health Act

Gazette Number: 26

Notice Number: 36 of 2020

Publication Date: 24 March 2020

Effective Date: 24 March 2020

Source: https://africanlii.org/akn/bw/act/si/2020/36

Copyright © AfricanLII. All rights Reserved.


 
Public Health (Declaration of a Public Health Emergency) Order, 2020

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The Director of Health Services has issued an Order which declares that a public health emergency exists across Botswana.

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Published in Terms of Public Health Act

Gazette Number: 23

Notice Number: 30 of 2020

Publication Date: 20 March 2020

Effective Date: 20 March 2020

Source: https://africanlii.org/akn/bw/act/si/2020/30

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Immigration (Points of Entry) Order, 2020

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The Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs of Botswana has issued an order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that revokes the Immigration Regulations and designates certain border posts, rail entry points and airports as points of entry into Botswana.

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Gazette Number: 23

Notice Number: 34 of 2020

Publication Date: 20 March 2020

Effective Date: 20 March 2020

Source: https://africanlii.org/akn/bw/act/si/2020/34

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Essential Supplies and Services (Availability of Supplies at Fair Price) Regulations, 2020

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The President of the Republic of Botswana has issued Regulations with effect from 27 March 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that prohibit traders from increasing prices of commercial goods, food supplies, medical supplies and pharmaceutical supplies by more than the cost of producing or procuring them.

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Gazette Number: 29

Notice Number: 57 of 2020

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: https://africanlii.org/akn/bw/act/si/2020/57

Copyright © AfricanLII. All rights Reserved.


 
Directions for the Prevention of the Spread of COVID-19

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The Director of Health Services has published directions with effect from 27 March 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that give guidelines on how to prevent spreading COVID-19, prohibit entry to Botswana from countries with high risks of COVID-19 infection, ban social gatherings and suspend licences for entertainment establishments.

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Published in Terms of Public Health Act

Gazette Number: 29

Notice Number: 147 of 2020

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: https://africanlii.org/akn/bw/act/gn/2020/147

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Designated Places of Entry, Exit, Landing, Loading and Examination of Goods into Botswana

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The Commissioner General has published a notice with effect from 27 March 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that restricts goods coming into Botswana other than commercial goods, pharmaceutical supplies and medical equipment and supplies from licensed suppliers and designates certain border posts, airports and railway stops as points of entry for examining goods.

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Gazette Number: 29

Notice Number: 146 of 2020

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: https://africanlii.org/akn/bw/act/gn/2020/146

Copyright © AfricanLII. All rights Reserved.


 
Declaration of State of Public Emergency

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The President of the Republic of Botswana has published a declaration with effect from 2 April 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that declares a state of public emergency.

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Published in Terms of Constitution Of Botswana

Gazette Number: 31

Notice Number: 59 of 2020

Publication Date: 31 March 2020

Effective Date: 2 April 2020

Source: https://africanlii.org/akn/bw/act/si/2020/59

Copyright © AfricanLII. All rights Reserved.


Infection Prevention and Control Measures in Workplaces Guide

Highlight:

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has issued guidance to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that advises workplaces and schools on measures that should be taken to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in those establishments. 

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Publication Date: 25 September 2020

Source: https://covid19portal.gov.bw/sites/default/files/2020-05/INFECTION-PREVENTION-CONTROL-MEASURES-IN-WORKPLACES-GUIDE.pdfhttp://www.fao.org/faolex/results/details/en/c/LEX-FAOC195071

Copyright © FAO. All rights Reserved.


 

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