No mask, no service!

No mask, no service!

MASERU-THE government has ordered that all individuals who leave their residential houses should from now on wear a mask.
The new regulation published in a gazette last week also makes it mandatory for all health workers, security agents and border agents to wear disposable masks when they are on duty.

It says it shall also provide students and all vulnerable groups with masks.
The gazette says businesses shall ensure that proper hygienic conditions are maintained with all employees wearing protective gloves and surgical masks or N95 masks.

The idea the government says is to limit people’s exposure to Covid-19.
The regulations also require that every person who enters an institution or business premise must wear a mask.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane initially imposed a 21-day lockdown on March 31 in a bid to contain and stop the spread of the virus. The lockdown, which was then further extended to May 5, has since been partially lifted.
Under the terms of the lockdown, all gatherings remain banned except funerals and religious services. The number of people at the gatherings must however not exceed 50 people.

The government says Basotho must continue to scrupulously observe all World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on social distancing and hygiene to avoid contracting Covid-19.

Under the title of fumigation and disinfection of public places and businesses, the gazette says “government shall ensure that public places are fumigated and disinfected every fourteen days”.
It orders that business owners shall fumigate and disinfect their premises after every two weeks.

It also says where the business operates in a closed area, the manager shall fumigate and disinfect it every day.
Churches are ordered to fumigate and disinfect their premises after every service.

“A religious service shall take an hour,” it reads.
Beer will be bought from bars and off-sales on Mondays and Thursdays only and buyers shall only be offered take-aways.
A person shall be allowed to buy a maximum quantity of one case of beer containing 10 percent alcohol or less.

If the beer contains between 10 and 20 percent of alcohol, a buyer will be allowed only three litres.
Hotels, lodges, guest houses, self-catering, bed and breakfast, motels and similar businesses have been ordered to keep a proper register of guests so that they can be easily traced.

They shall keep a register containing the full names of guests, a copy of an identity document, full address and place of residence and contacts.
When registering a guest who comes from outside Lesotho, they must request proof that the guest has been cleared of Covid-19 after quarantine.

Staff Reporter

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