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Maziko Matemba

Expectations are high that business will pick up in the tourism and hospitality industry following an announcement by the government that flights will be allowed touch down and take off from the Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) starting Tuesday.

The industry is among the worst hit after the government stopped commercial flights in and out of Malawi on April 1, 2020 in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Last week the Department of Civil Aviation announced the re-opening of KIA to commercial flights from September 1, with strict Covid-19 prevention and containment measures.

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Among the guidelines, all arriving passengers shall be required to produce a negative Covid-19 test certificate obtained within 10 days prior to arrival in Malawi before proceeding to 14 days quarantine.

Aircrafts will also be regularly disinfected while passengers and craft operators are asked to observe prevention measures such as sanitising hands and social distancing.

The guidelines further request all passengers going outside Malawi to carry a Covid-19 test certificate.

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Health Rights Activist, Maziko Matemba, has challenged government to place stringent measures when implementing the guidelines.

“As a country we are struggling so all the sectors that are being proposed to re-open need a clear mechanism on how the enforcement is going to look like,” Matemba said.

Several countries such as Zambia and Cameroun have opened for commercial flights to keep the economy on balance.

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