Kingdom of Eswatini fights COVID-19
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The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade hereby prescribes the necessary industries that will continue to function in the time of partial lock-up, following His Excellency Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini‘s declaration of 1st April 2020. 

This effort to prevent the spread of a global COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with section 23 Sub-section 1 of the Corona Virus Regulations 2020 (COVID-19), says: “The Minister for Trade shall recommend critical industries that can continue to function throughout a national emergency.” 

For the trade with our neighbours, South Africa should be informed that South Africa has placed new limitations on its trade regulations and thus does not allow non-essential trade goods. All companies and organizations not engaged in the manufacture, sale or sale of critical products or services must cease operating for the South African countries from Friday 3 April 2020.

The essential services are as follows:

Food and Agriculture
Consumer Goods suppliers
Food Retailers e.g. food outlets, raw material suppliers and farmers
Those involved in the transportation, logistics and packaging of consumer goods
Other Retail Goods that support the medical industry e.g. bedding, linen and emergency clothing for hospitals, health workers and those caring for the sick
Network Infrastructure
Water, wastewater and sanitation
Electricity suppliers
Renewable Energy suppliers
Gas suppliers
Fuel suppliers
Law enforcement
Defence, Safety and Security
Waste disposal
Fire and Emergency services
Mining and power stations
Medical and Health
Devices and Equipment
Doctors, nurses, paramedics e.t.c.
Forestry and Sawmills (For the production of disposable, health and hygiene products including toilet paper as well as for packaging for food and the health supply chain).
IT Systems and Telecommunications Finance and Insurance
Tourism and Hospitality
Communications e.g. Media
Hardware Shops
Public Transport and cross-border trade transport (These will operate under the guidelines that the Government has issued. For cross-border transport, this will be restricted to essential services as defined in Eswatini, South Africa and Mozambique)

All essential services are still required to comply with the standards and guidelines defined in compliance with Section 23, Section 2, of the COVID-19 Regulation 2020, regarding hygiene and exposure restrictions on persons with COVID-19. 

These include limiting the number of meetings to 20, the process of distancing workers and disinfecting working places and trolleys and sanitising workers and consumers.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini

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