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Mauritius applies new COVID restrictions amid rocketing case numbers

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A series of restrictive measures are in force in Mauritius as from today 12 November 2021 until 13 December 2021 in a bid to contain the rocketing number of coronavirus cases and deaths.

This was announced last night by Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth as he hit at irresponsible for not abiding to strict sanitary conditions.

“It has been noted that several persons did not observe the necessary precautions while going to the beach, to shopping malls as well as gatherings and the situation worsened following a series of public holidays last week,” he argued.

The key measures are:

  • Wearing of face masks, social distancing, the use of hand sanitizers and monitoring of body temperature will have to thoroughly be observed.
  • Restriction of the number of persons during public and private gatherings, funerals and weddings, with a maximum of 50 persons allowed;
  • Online courses for students of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions;
  • Only those fully vaccinated will be allowed to go to sports complexes and gymnasiums;
  • Children’s playground, bars and night clubs will be closed;
  • Clients and staff of restaurants and food courts will have to be vaccinated;
  • Socio-cultural activities will be prohibited;
  • Only a maximum of 10 persons at a time will be allowed inside worship places;
  • Reception halls, village halls, community centres and CAB offices will be closed;
  • Picnics at the seaside are prohibited.
  • Nurseries/Pre-primary schools, public gardens, health tracks will still be open;
  • Vaccinated persons will be allowed to practice individual and collective sports;
  • Horse racing will take place ‘in camera’ with only 150 staff members.
  • Work from Home scheme will be encouraged – a communique will be circulated to provide more details to public officers.

Prime Minister Jugnauth declared that, to date, almost 900,000 persons are already vaccinated. However, he observed, the vaccine does not provide 100% immunity against COVID-19.

“As such, it is important to receive a booster dose so as to strengthen one’s protection against the virus,” he said, warning that sanctions will be applied against those in breach of these restrictions.

Source: GIS Mauritius

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