Zambia shuts Airports, Bars, Gyms and Casinos Featured

Statement by His Excellency, Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia on the covid-19 pandemic

Zambia President Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu addressed the nation highlighting the phase one mitigation measures been undertaken by the the government, in His Speech Lung said the world today faces one of its greatest adversaries that threatens mankind. The coronavirus disease. The coronavirus disease, also called covid-19 has decimated lives across the world.

This virus is mean, devastating and morbid. A few weeks ago, it was heard from a distance in china; today it is in the neighbourhood. Today, you and i are not safe anymore and until we comply with what the health authorities are saying, it may spread quickly and endanger our lives.


The Zambian Government has put in place the following measures:

1. The Zambian missions abroad and department of immigration must be alert to review the issuance of visas for people wanting to travel to Zambia, as well as at all ports of entry into the country for all travellers from countries affected by COVID-19;

2. Travellers will be allowed entry into Zambia, however, upon screening those who exhibit symptoms will be quarantined in a medical facility for treatment, while all other travellers without symptoms will be quarantined for atleast 14 days at their own cost;

3. Government had suspended non-essential foreign travel, particularly to countries which have confirmed COVID-19 cases;

4. Public gatherings such as conferences, weddings, funerals, festivals are to be restricted to at least 50 people subject to them complying with public health authority guidelines;

5. Restaurants must operate ONLY on a take-away and delivery basis;

6. All bars, night clubs, cinemas, gyms and casinos must close;

7. All international flights to and from Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Mfuwe International Airports are suspended. Instead, all international flights should land and depart from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport only to ensure efficient and effective screening of travellers as well as following them up by our health authorities;

The measures I have just announced shall be effected from midnight on Thursday 26th March, 2020 and shall be observed for the initial period of 14 days.

However, my Government shall constantly review these measures depending on how the pandemic evolves.

#ProtectYourself #ProtectYourNeighbour

Rate this item
(0 votes)
Last modified on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 13:15
Super User

We moderate the comments

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.