After 49 days of extreme social distancing and the close of all non-essential services across the country, the government of Botswana authorized all services to reopen on May 21st, 2020.

To date, Botswana has only registered 35 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 1 death. On May 30th, 2020, president Dr. Mokgwetsi Masisi thanked the public for working with the government to prevent the spread and transmission of Covid-19 and contain the rate of infections. He, however, reminded the public to continue being careful and practicing recommended practices like the wearing of masks in public as the situation is still unpredictable.

Botswana is one of the countries in the world that was most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Unconventional responses like extreme social distancing resulting in low cases of Covid-19 comes from a wealth of experience in dealing with a pandemic. Prevention is better than a cure.

BoMRA offices opened on May 26, 2020 and all of their staff are working from the office.

Here are detailed documents leading to the reopening:

Government Gazette 11 May 2020

Government Gazette 20 May 2020

Easing of the lock-down

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