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Namibia COVID-19 Regulation Updates

Written by Vicky Daley
on April 15, 2020

Important update: From 1st December 2020, Libryo stopped updating this blog and it is no longer live. Check out Libryo’s solution which helps you keep track of the latest updates specific to your operations, from COVID-19 regulation to EHS law. Learn more here.

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


 

Live updates of COVID-19 regulations for Namibia

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Last Updated: Sunday 1 November 2020
Amendment of Public Health Covid-19 General Regulations

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The Minister of Health and Social Services has issued another set of regulations that further amend the Public Health Covid-19 General Regulations to provide for mandatory quarantine for persons entering Namibia without a recent negative test result. 

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Published in Terms of Public and Environmental Health Act, 1 of 2015 [NAM]

Notice Number: 256

Publication Date: 21 October 2020

Effective Date: 22 October 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7367-bbbfc26a0c.pdf

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Last Updated: Tuesday 6 October 2020
Amendment of Public Health Covid-19 General Regulations: Public and Environmental Health Act, 2015

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The Minister of Health and Social Services has issued regulations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that allow businesses to operate during their normal times of operation and allow tourists to enter Namibia without undergoing quarantine if they comply with certain requirements and submit for testing. 

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Published in Terms of Public and Environmental Health Act, 1 of 2015 [NAM]

Gazette Number: 7346

Notice Number: 235

Publication Date: 29 September 2020

Effective Date: 29 September 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7346-2975cf0b4a.pdf

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Last Updated: Wednesday 30 September 2020
Public Health Covid-19 General Regulations: Public and Environmental Health Act, 2015

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The Minister of Health and Social Services has issued regulations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that require all persons to wear face masks while in public places, prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people that are not for specified purposes and require other measures to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Gazette Number: 7342

Notice Number: 233

Publication Date: 23 September 2020

Effective Date: 24 September 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7342-3cc52d5b73.pdf

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Last Updated: Tuesday 22 September 2020
Declaration of covid-19 as formidable epidemic disease

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The Minister of Health and Social Services has declared that COVID-19 is a formidable epidemic disease for purposes of the Public and Environmental Health Act, 2015. 

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Gazette Number: 7338

Notice Number: 232

Publication Date: 17 September 2020

Effective Date: 17 September 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7338-dd625b17bf.pdf

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Commencement of Public and Environmental Health Act, 2015

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The Minister of Health and Social Services has given notice that the Public and Environmental Health Act, 2015 comes into operation on 17 September 2020. The Act requires health practitioners to notify the public health authorities of certain diseases and provides for the management of public health emergencies. 

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Gazette Number: 7338

Notice Number: 230

Publication Date: 17 September 2020

Effective Date: 17 September 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7338-dd625b17bf.pdf

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Stage 3: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations

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The President of the Republic of Namibia published regulations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that impose restrictions on businesses and gatherings and require employers to provide face masks to their employees. 

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Gazette Number: 7332

Notice Number: 50

Publication Date: 12 September 2020

Effective Date: 13 September 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7332-860f7c170b.pdf

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Last Updated: Friday 18 September 2020
Amendment of the Stage 3: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations

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The President of the Republic of Namibia has issued regulations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that amend the Stage 3: State of Emergency - COVID-19 Regulations to allow face to face learning in certain circumstances and require educational institutions to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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Gazette Number: 7329

Notice Number: 49

Publication Date: 6 September 2020

Effective Date: 6 September 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7329-07887d225a.pdf

2020 - Copyright Namibia Legal Database. All rights Reserved.


Last Updated: Friday 4 September 2020
State of Emergency – Covid-19: Regulations relating to health matters: Namibian Constitution

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The President of the Republic of Namibia has issued regulations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that require businesses to implement measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and provide for the payment of benefits to persons who are unable to work due to COVID-19, isolation, quarantine or because they must care for family members with COVID-19 infection.

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Gazette Number: 7318

Notice Number: 47

Publication Date: 25 August 2020

Effective Date: 25 August 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7318-e2068f1555.pdf

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Last Updated: Wednesday 26 August 2020
Stage 3: State of Emergency – Covid-19 Regulations: Namibian Constitution

Highlight:

The authority has published Regulations applying to the Stage 3 State of Emergency currently in effect in Namibia that repeal the 'Stage 4: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations

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Gazette Number: 7307

Notice Number: 46

Publication Date: 13 August 2020

Effective Date: 13 August 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7307-80c72a8aee.pdf

2020 - Copyright Namibia Legal Database. All rights Reserved.


 
Amendment of Stage 3: State of Emergency - COVID-19 Regulations: Erongo Region

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The authority has published Regulations amending the 'Stage 3: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations: Erongo Region

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Gazette Number: 7294

Notice Number: 43

Publication Date: 3 August 2020

Effective Date: 4 August 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7294-65c691e3b8.pdf

2020 - Copyright Namibia Legal Database. All rights Reserved.


Last Updated: Tuesday 28 June 2020
Amendment of Stage 4: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations

Highlight:

The authority has published Regulations amending the Stage 4 State of Emergency Regulations currently in effect in Namibia.

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Gazette Number: 7284

Notice Number: 40

Publication Date: 24 July 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7284-c11bfbab7c.pdf

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Last Updated: Wednesday 22 June 2020
Workplace Preparedness "Return Namibia to Work" for COVID-19 Guidelines 2020

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The authority has published Guidelines intended to be used as a tool to implement 'back to work' COVID-19 safety and health measures. The Guidelines are designed to help identify the risks caused by COVID-19 in workplaces and mitigate the impact of these risks on operations.

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Publication Date: 1 July 2020

Source: https://www.lac.org.na/laws/2020/WorkplacePreparedness-COVID-19.pdf

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Stage 4: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations

Highlight:

The authority has published Regulations applying to the Stage 4 State of Emergency currently in effect in the jurisdiction of Namibia.

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Gazette Number: 7270

Notice Number: 33

Publication Date: 14 July 2020

Effective Date: 14 July 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7270-80940f4318.pdf

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Last Updated: Monday 29 June 2020
COVID-19 State of Emergency complete summary

Highlight:

The Legal Assistance Centre has published a document summarising the various COVID-19 State of Emergency laws which have been gazetted by the Namibian Government.

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Publication Date: 10 June 2020

Source: https://www.lac.org.na/laws/THE_COVID.pdf

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Further Amendment of Stage 2: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations

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The authority has published regulations amending the Stage 2: State of Emergency – Covid-19 Regulations.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: 7251

Notice Number: 27

Publication Date: 22 June 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7251-cb405360a4.pdf

2020 - Copyright Namibia Legal Database. All rights Reserved.


 
Stage 3: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations: Erongo Region

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The authority has published Stage 3: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations which apply to the restricted area of the Erongo Region.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: 7250

Notice Number: 26

Publication Date: 22 June 2020

Effective Date: 23 June 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7250-845d66397d.pdf

2020 - Copyright Namibia Legal Database. All rights Reserved.


Last Updated: Monday 15 June 2020
Further Amendment of Stage 2: State of Emergency – Covid-19 Regulations

Highlight:

The authority has published regulations amending the Stage 2: State of Emergency – Covid-19 Regulations.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: GG7235

Notice Number: 25

Publication Date: 8 June 2020

Effective Date: 8 June 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7235-3591294dc8.pdf

2020 - Copyright Namibia Legal Database. All rights Reserved.


 
State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations: Erongo Region

Highlight:

The authority has published Covid-19 Regulations which repeal the Stage 1: State of Emergency Regulations: Walvis Bay Local Authority Area and apply to the restricted area of the Erongo Region.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: GG7234

Notice Number: 24

Publication Date: 8 June 2020

Effective Date: 9 June 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7234-2c7024a1ea.pdf

2020 - Copyright Namibia Legal Database. All rights Reserved.


Last Updated: Thursday 11 June 2020
State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations: Walvis Bay Local Authority Area

Highlight:

The President of the Republic of Namibia has published the Stage 1: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations, and amendment Regulations, applying to the restricted area of the Walvis Bay Local Authority.

The Regulations stipulate a period of lockdown applying to the restricted area.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: GG7222

Publication Date: 29 May 2020

Effective Date: 29 May 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7222-6145223e4e.pdf

2020 - Copyright Namibia Legal Database. All rights Reserved.


 
Amendment of State of Emergency - Covid-19: Further Suspension of Operation of Provisions of Certain Laws and Ancillary Matters Regulations

Highlight:

The authority has published an amendment to the State of Emergency - Covid-19: Suspension of Operation of Provisions of Certain Laws and Ancillary Matters Regulations.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: GG7226

Publication Date: 1 June 2020

Effective Date: 1 June 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7226-05e6fa7b6f.pdf

2020 - Copyright Namibia Legal Database. All rights Reserved.


Last Updated: Thursday 4 June 2020
Amendment of Stage 2: State of Emergency - COVID-19 Regulations: Namibian Constitution

Highlight:

The President of Namibia has published a regulation that amends the Regulations published under Proclamation No. 17 of 4 May of 2020 to provide for Stage 3 of the State of Emergency.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: 7225

Publication Date: 1 June 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7225-70b20077bc.pdf

2020 - Copyright Namibia Legal Database. All rights Reserved.


Last Updated: Wednesday 27 May 2020
Guidelines for Stage 2 under State of Emergency

Highlight:

Guidelines for Stage 2 under State of Emergency have been published subsequent to the publication of the Stage 2: COVID-19 Regulations, which sought to further control and minimise the spread of the virus within the Republic.

The Guidelines aim to clarify and provide assistance in understanding the Regulations.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Publication Date: 30 April 2020

Source: https://www.lac.org.na/laws/2020/GuidelinesforStage2UnderStateOfEmergency_300420.pdf

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Stage 2: COVID-19 Regulations

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The President of the Republic of Namibia has published Regulations applying to Stage 2 of the State of Emergency as determined by Cabinet.

The Regulations have been published subsequent to the COVID-19 Regulations which were published shortly after the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the announcement of a national State of Emergency, and seek to further control and minimise the spread of the virus within the Republic.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: GG7203

Publication Date: 4 May 2020

Effective Date: 4 May 2020

Source: https://africanlii.org/akn/na/act/p/2020/17

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Directives Relating to Works and Transport

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The authority has published Directives Relating to Works and Transport which restrict the number of persons to be conveyed in certain motor vehicles and suspend the expiry of licences.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: GG7200

Publication Date: 30 April 2020

Effective Date: 30 April 2020

Source: https://africanlii.org/akn/na/act/gn/2020/113

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Further Suspension of Operation of Provisions of Certain Laws and Ancillary Matters Regulations

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The authority has published Regulations, which as a result of a State of Emergency existing in the whole of Namibia (following a worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)), further suspend the operation of provisions of certain laws.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: GG7204

Publication Date: 4 May 2020

Effective Date: 4 May 2020

Source: https://africanlii.org/akn/na/act/p/2020/18

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Last Updated: Friday 1 May 2020
Labour Directives relating to Covid-19: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations

Highlight:

The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation has published the Directives, which include topics for a negotiation in a dismissal, implementation of health and safety measures  in the workplace and sickness and employee compensation benefits.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: 7195

Notice Number: 110

Publication Date: 29 April 2020

Effective Date: 29 April 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7195-29ed29cba5.pdf

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State of Emergency - Covid-19: Suspension of Operation of Provisions of Certain Laws and Ancillary Matters Regulations: Namibian Constitution

Highlight:

The President of the Republic of Namibia has published the Regulations, which as a result of a State of Emergency existing in the whole of Namibia, following a worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), suspend the operation of provisions of certain laws.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: 7194

Notice Number: 16

Publication Date: 28 April 2020

Effective Date: 28 April 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7194-31acd9a09e.pdf

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Last Updated: Tuesday 28 April 2020
Health Directives relating to COVID-19: State of Emergency - COVID-19 Regulations

Highlight:

The Minister of Health and Social Services has published Health Directives intended to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 within the Republic of Namibia.

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Published in terms of State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations

Gazette Number: 7189

Notice Number: 107

Publication Date: 23 April 2020

Effective Date: 23 April 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7189-f0ecf722a7.pdf

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Last Updated: Monday 27 April 2020
Directives relating to registered business entities and operational matters for retail traders and other businesses: State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations

Highlight:

The Minister of Industrialisation and Trade has published a Directive aimed at business entities applying for a confirmation certificate in terms of the State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations and the operating hours for retail traders and other businesses providing essential goods or critical services

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Published in terms of State of Emergency - Covid-19 Regulations

Gazette Number: 7185

Notice Number: 106

Publication Date: 9 April 2020

Effective Date: 22 April 2020

Source: https://laws.parliament.na/cms_documents/7186-37374a5f27.pdf

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Last Updated: Wednesday 1 April 2020
State of Emergency - COVID-19 Regulations: Namibian Constitution

Highlight:

The President of Republic of Namibia has published the State of Emergency - COVID-19 Regulations: Namibian Constitution (the "Regulations").

The Regulations have been published subsequent to the President having declared that a State of Emergency exists in the whole of Namibia following a worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.

Amongst others, the Regulations:

-designate restricted areas in the Republic and a period of lockdown applying thereto
-state the closure period for schools and higher education institutions
-prohibit public gatherings; entry into Namibia; and certain travel within the Republic
-provide for the closure of certain businesses and
-detail offences and penalties for non-compliance.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the regulation may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: GG 7159

Notice Number: Proclamation No. 9

Publication Date: 28 March 2020

Effective Date: 28 March 2020

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Last Updated: Tuesday 24 March 2020

Declaration of State of Emergency - National Disaster (COVID-19): Namibian Constitution

Highlight:

The President of the Republic of Namibia has proclaimed a Declaration of State of Emergency - National Disaster (COVID-19): Namibian Constitution (the "Proclamation").

The Proclamation states that with effect from 17 March 2020, a State of Emergency exists in the whole of Namibia on account of the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID -19).

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number GG 7148

Notice Number GN 7

Publication Date 18 March 2020

Effective Date 17 March 2020

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