Govt restricts ceremonies, bars in COVID-19 curbs

26Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt restricts ceremonies, bars in COVID-19 curbs

THE government yesterday announced new Covid-19 control measures restricting concerts, festivals and other gatherings until further notice.

Issuing the first new guidelines in Dar es Salaam, Prof Abel Makubi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children said all activities that bring people together including bars, social halls should adhere to the guidelines set by the government.

He directed organization of ceremonies to be suspended indefinitely, saying it was a temporary measure and the government's aim is to reduce Covid19 transmissions.

"If it’s a must ceremonies should be held in open space or if they are held in the hall they should be for a short time.  The number of invited guests should be limited to allow social distancing of up to one meter," he said.

If there are activities that cannot wait for the situation to stabilize then they should follow all preventive measures including of checking a body temperature by a thermometer for everyone in the area, he stated.

Organizers of such gatherings must place hand-washing equipment including running water with soap or sanitisers, with customers required to leave one meter space from one another and more appropriately take drinks at home, the top medical official said.

These areas should be inspected by health officers as well as local security liaison committees to ensure that those instructions are followed, he further stated, following on specifications on Friday last week by the minister, Dr Dorothy Gwajima, on non essential activities.

While urging those holding essential gatherings to take precautions in the wake of Covid-19 spread, she listed unnecessary gatherings that are proscribed as including entertainment events like music performances, discos or large groups of people watching football.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been cautioning that Covid-19 is a rising health challenge, urging the public to take precautions set out by experts.

Addressing the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) assembly in Dar es Salaam last month, President Samia said that the disease is spreading and controls must be exercised.

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