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Face Masks Nolonger Mandatory

Eswatini Daily News
By: Ntombi Mhlongo

Following a decrease in the number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19, government has announced a relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions with effect from today. The relaxation comes with good news in that the wearing of face masks is no longer mandatory in all settings as has been the case in the past months.

This was announced by the Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini who said government has taken the decision to de-escalate the COVID-19 response by migrating from the current Adjusted Risk Level 1 to Adjusted Risk Level 0. Adjusted Risk Level 0 means shifting from the acute emergency phase of the COVID-19 pandemic to allow for long term sustainable integrated approach to COVID-19.

“However, individuals will be free to wear a face mask based on their assessment of perceived risk of acquiring COVID-19 in any given situation. Hand-washing and sanitisation is encouraged at all times in all public spaces as a good health and hygiene practice. A person exhibiting flu-like symptoms should take the responsibility to wear a face mask or, where possible, refrain from attending public gatherings,” the PM said.

He highlighted that testing for COVID-19 remains key for all persons experiencing flu-like symptoms and if tested positive, a person should wear face masks at all times if they need to go to public areas.

“Visitors and returning residents will be required to be fully vaccinated. For fully vaccinated persons entering the country, a negative PCR test result is not required. For those who are not fully vaccinated, a negative PCR test is required,” he emphasised.

Furthermore, the PM urged everyone eligible to vaccinate to do so, for their own health.

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