05 February 2021

Covid-19: Mozambique introduces new mitigation measures! [update]

update (09 March 2021): Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi on 04 March 2021 extended the mitigation measures to combat COVID-19 for an additional 30 days. Schools are allowed to reopen and the 14 teams that compete in the Mozambique's national football championship are allowed to resume training, but all the other restrictions announced in previous government decree remain in force.

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi announced new mitigation measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 on 04 February 2021. The new regulations are valid from today (05 February 2021) until 07 March 2021. According to Nyusi's televised address, prior measures are generally maintained, with a number of additional or more stringent measures being introduced, including the following travel/tourism-related regulations:

  • A curfew every night between 21:00 to 04:00 in the Greater Maputo Area (Maputo, Matola, Marracuene, and Boane)
  • Commercial establishments are allowed to be open from 09:00 - 19:00 (Monday – Saturday) and 09:00 - 16:00 (Sunday). Restaurants may remain open until 20:00 every day.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages from stalls is prohibited.
  • Private events are limited to a maximum of 20 people.
  • Public and private sector establishments will be held responsible for non-compliance with safety measures.
  • Recreational and leisure sports and games are prohibited.
  • The use of a clear plastic face shield does not replace the use of a facemask.

These measures are in addition to the prior measures already in place, some of which include:

  • All persons displaying respiratory symptoms or fever must stay home.
  • All incoming travellers must present a negative test for Covid-19.
  • Discos, bars etc. selling alcoholic beverages remain closed.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages by liquor stores, supermarkets etc. is only allowed between 08:00 and 13:00 from Monday to Saturday.
  • Cultural and recreational activities in cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, cultural centers and catering establishments are suspended.
  • Gyms, swimming pools and other sports venues dedicated to the practice of physical exercises remain closed.
  • The beaches in Mozambique are closed for purposes of physical and leisure activities; however, this restriction does not apply to sidewalks, pedestrian zones and boardwalks adjacent to beaches.

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