Under Statutory Instrument number nine for 2021, the current curfew expires on March second, eight days from tonight. For some, this news is welcoming but it is likely that the curfew will be extended for a further period. That is because, according to Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa, the curfew has assisted tremendously in containing the number of COVID-19 infections. Musa says that Cabinet will discuss the matter soon but he doesn’t believe that the curfew will be lifted.
Hon. Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries: “It is up until March 2nd. I am being told that we will have a revision, a revisiting of the curfew and all of the regulations in the weeks to come and so definitely come March 2nd you will be seeing a revisiting of the regulations I cannot say that we will be moving the curfew, it is something that we believe has been working well in terms of keeping our numbers down especially since we are right of the cusp of getting vaccinations. If it is that we can get our population vaccinated then we don’t have to have these rigid curfews in place and so that is our end goal to keep the numbers down which unfortunately some times does require keeping the curfew in place. But that is the end goal, to get our citizens vaccinated and thereafter we can look at lifting curfews with the reduced risk that the population gets of being infected with COVID that would result in removing or lifting the curfew to another time maybe midnight but we are not there yet at this particular point so all I’m saying is that with the vaccinations comes the possibility of adjusting things like the curfew because we are at a reduced risk.”