COVID-19 Regulations in Lesotho (Blue stage)

LESOTHO MOVES TO LEVEL BLUE

The Kingdom of Lesotho’s has now been placed under level blue.

The changes from into effective from 28 April 2021.

Please note that there is a nationwide curfew from 10pm to 4am. 

Movement across the border will include:

  • Any individual may enter Lesotho including departing and arriving tourists at all ports of entry.
  • Travellers must present an approved  72 hours negative COVID-19 test certificate.

New Regulations under the adjusted blue stage

  1. Political gatherings 
    •  Maximum of 200 people inside and maximum of 500 outside.
    • should last not more than 3 hours from 12:00-15:00.
    • Alcohol is prohibited.
    • Wear masks and ensure physical distancing at all times and observe all other COVID-19 protocols.
  2. Political gatherings  
    • Operate at full capacity.
    • No standing in 22 seaters and buses.
    • Ensure short halls for long distance trips.
    • Observe COVID-19 protocols.
    • No eating in the vehicle.
  3. Sports events
    • Sports events are permitted.
    • Premier League and A Division matches to have a maximum of 2500 spectators in open stands and 1500 for lower divisions.
    • For stadiums with sit-ins, allow 50% capacity of the area for spectators.
    • Disinfect surfaces of the equipment between use at all times.
    • The model will work for all Sporting Codes.
    • Alcohol is prohibited.
    • Strictly ensure screening, registration with ID’s and sanitise at the entrance.
    • Wear masks at all time and ensure physical distancing while observing all other OVID-19 protocols.
  4. Weddings  
    • Allow only 100 people if inside and 200 people if in an open outdoor setting.
    • Avoid buffet services.
    • Alcohol is prohibited.
    • Wear masks at all times and observe COVID-19 protocols.
  5. Tourism industry
    • Accommodation venues open with 100% occupancy.
    • Allow conferences, meetings and workshops at 50% capacity of the conference facility.
    • Observe COVID-19 protocols.
  6. Social activities 
    • The following activities are 100% restricted:
      • Initiation/ Traditional Schools
      • Social/Family gatherings
      • Political gathering
      • Industrial action (picketing, protests, demonstrations)
  7. Tourism industry 
    • Accommodation venues open with 100% occupancy.
    • Allow conferences, meetings and workshops at 50% capacity of the conference facility
    • Observe COVID-19 protocols.
  8. Pitso
    • Maximum 500 people while observing COVID-10 protocols .
    • Alcohol not allowed.
    • Should not last not more than 3 hours from 10:00 to 13:00.
  9. Social activities
    • 100% restricted including:
      • Initiation/Traditional schools; and
      • industrial action (picketing, protests and demonstrations)
  10. Public recreational parks  
    • Permitted
  11. Indoor entertainment
    • Permitted for a maximum of 200 people per 300 square meters inside.
    • Where the area is less than 300 square metres
    • Allow for 50% capacity
  12. Outdoor entertainment 
    • Permitted in only privately owned property with a maximum of 200 people per 300 square meters.
    • In large open area, maximum of 2000 people allowed.
    • Provide not less than 5 security guards/bouncers.
  13. Events
    • Start from 10:00 – 20:00
    • Alcohol is prohibited.
    • Strictly ensure screening, registration with ID’s and sanitise at the entrance.
    • Wear masks at all times and ensure physical distancing while observing all other COVID-19 protocols.
  14. Churches
    • 50% capacity if inside.
    • Maximum of 500 people if outside and the service should last for not more than three hours.
    • Wear masks at all times including when singing.
    • Night vigils are not permitted.
  15. Schools and Institutions of Higher learning
    • Open on rotational basis.
    • All must adhere to Standard Risk-Based Guidelines.
    • School bus drivers must disinfect daily.
    • Sanitise the students.
    • Ensure that students where facemasks all the time.
  16. Liquor stores (wholesalers, offsales, taverns, shebeens, canteens, nightclubs)
    • Liquor stores operate from Monday to Sunday.
    • Operate from 08:00 to 20:00 with take-away from the liquor premises.
    • Nightclubs to be closed permanently.
  17. Social family gatherings
    • Open for 50 people inside and 100 people outside only.
    • Alcohol prohibited.
    • Observe COVID-19 protocols.
  18. Hair salons, Barbers and nail salons
    • Resume operations while observing COVID-19 protocols.
  19. Gyms 
    • Open for 30% capacity of the facility.
    • Disinfect surfaces of the equipment’s between use at all times.
    • Strictly ensure screening, registration with ID’s and sanitise at the entrance.
    • Wear masks at al times and ensure