The shutdown directive that is expected to kick start from 12mid-night on Sunday March 29 until April 21, restricts the peoples’ movement within and coming in or leaving the country, and the security forces will be deployed around the country to enforce the guidelines on the shutdown.
However, only workers on the essential services such as security, basic banking, pharmacies and medical stores, civil servants on essential services, water and electricity will be allowed movement.
Dr Thabane has also forbidden public gatherings such as political rallies and meetings while the funerals must only be attended by less than 50 people where all guidelines to prevent coronavirus must be strictly adhered to.
“All residents, including citizens and foreign diplomatic missionaries, who are currently outside the country for various reasons are prohibited to enter the country and therefore encouraged to stay where they are until the moratorium is waved. The exception will be people who transport essential items such as medicines, petrol and food, among others,” he said.