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Transport ministry lays down lockdown rules

Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro

Jan. 15, 2021 2 min read

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VEHICLES delivering essential services such as food, fuel and medication will receive permits allowing them to enter and leave the country, the ministry of Transport and Traffic has announced.

The ministry made the pronouncement in a press statement released on Thursday.

According to the statement, both the ministry and the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) have agreed that public transport operators should continue using the permits they have now as no new ones will be issued during the lockdown period.

A decision it says has been reached to give a grace period to drivers whose documents have expired during the lockdown period.

All vehicles transporting passengers between districts should have permits allowing them to do so and each passenger shall be expected have a permit allowing them to move between districts.

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Following the declaration of the total shut down by the Prime Minster on Tuesday night, the curfew is scheduled between 7pm and 6am, the retail shops and health service centres will remain operational.

Four plus one taxis are each expected to carry three passengers, a 15-seater taxi will carry 10 passengers while buses are expected to carry 70 percent of their passenger capacities.

The total lockdown is expected to last for 14 days in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus which has already claimed 89 lives in Lesotho.

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