BY PATIENCE LUNDA
Government ministries, departments and agencies and private-sector entities such as banks, hospitals and major retailers have toughened their Covid-19 prevention measures by directing that no one will be served there if they do not put on a face mask, among others.
One of the public institutions which has announced the new measures, the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS), says the recent upsurge in Covid-19 cases has prompted the institution to put in place the measures which include limitations on vehicles seating capacities.
DRTSS Public Relations Officer, Angellina Makwecha, said in an interview yesterday that some of the preventive measures include a reduction in public transport by 60 percent while observing social distance, disinfection of all public vehicles before commencement of every trip and washing hands of all passengers before entering a bus or a minibus.
Minibus Owners Association of Malawi National Chairperson, Felix Mbonekera Msiska, welcomed the measures, saying all of the will be followed and that anyone found violating them will face the law.
“We were also engaged on the matter and we have agreed to follow the measures accordingly and if anyone is found not following them we shall make sure that they face the law,” he said.
Similarly, the Bankers Association of Malawi (Bam) has also introduced mandatory wearing of face masks when visiting banking premises.
A statement which has been signed by Bam Chief Executive Officer, Lyness Nkungula, says all customers not putting face masks will not be allowed to enter banks.
The statement further encourages all bank customers to use digital banking platforms available and only visit banking halls when an extreme need arises.
In addition, customers have been asked to wash hands before entering any banking hall.
Meanwhile, National Bank Chichiri Service Centre and shops such as Chitawira Chipiku have been closed after several members of staff tested positive for Covid-19.
As of Sunday, the country had recorded 2,364 Covid-19 positive cases with 38 deaths and 557 recoveries.