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The public is hereby being informed that for the purposes of preventing the spread of  COVID-19 in Mauritius, Government has decided to extend the Temporary Restrictions of  Movement Order 2021 as from Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 8 p.m. to Friday 30 April 2021  at 8 p.m. As such, no person, other than in the Island of Rodrigues, the Island of Agalega,  S.t Brandon and the Chagos Archipelago, shall remain outdoor in Mauritius until Friday 30  April 2021 at 8 p.m., except those persons and class of persons mentioned hereunder and  those in possession of a Work Access Permit (WAP) issued by the Commissioner of Police  under section 3(2) of the Quarantine Act 2020 – 

(a) a person who has to avail himself, or to any other member of his family, of  medical treatment, or to procure medicine, or any other item essential for his  or his family’s subsistence or livelihood; 

(b) a person who is, pursuant to the COVID-19 (Closing Down of Premises and  Restriction of Activities) Regulations 2021, authorised to be outdoor strictly on  allocated days or authorised to carry out specific activities; 

(c) employees of the Disciplined Forces while on official duty; 

(d) a member of the National Assembly, as from 6 a.m. preceding the day of a  sitting of the National Assembly until 6 a.m. on the next day of the sitting of the  National Assembly, for the purpose of attending a sitting of the National  Assembly or any other meeting in relation to the sitting of the National  Assembly; 

(e) a Judge or Magistrate, or an officer of the Judicial Department, for the purpose  of attending Court, in respect of such minimum judicial services as the Chief  Justice deems essential, and subject to such directives as the Chief Justice  may issue; 

(f) a law practitioner whose services have been retained by a person to attend a  police station, place of detention or Court sitting; 

(g) a medical practitioner for the purpose of attending a hospital or private health  institution, or for the purpose of domiciliary visits; 

(h) a pharmacist for the purpose of attending his pharmacy; 

(i) a person who has to avail his pet of veterinary treatment; 

(j) a person required to attend a Court by virtue of a summons issued by the  Court.

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2. As from Thursday 01 April 2021, persons who are holders of WAP will be allowed  to remain outdoor in the Island of Mauritius for the sole purpose of travelling from their place  of residence to their place of work/business and back. 

3. However, due to cases of COVID 19 contamination detected in the undermentioned regions, which have been declared Red Zones, strict control will be exercised by the Police- 

(a) Curepipe and Midlands (Constituency No.17); 

(b) Vacoas and Floreal (Constituency No. 16); 

(c) La Caverne and Phoenix (Constituency No. 15), excluding suburbs of Petit  Camp, Carreau Laliane, part of Morcellements Chazal and Closel, and part of Phoenix and Bonne Terre as well as the Industrial Zone of Valentina; and (d) Village of Canot. 

EXAMINATIONS 

4. No WAP will be required for students proceeding to and coming from examination  centres and accompanying responsible party. Students should travel from their place of  residence to examination centres, including those found in Red Zones, with their timetable  and student ID card or a copy thereof. Students sitting for PSAC examinations and  accompanying responsible party should be in possession of their time tables. 

WAPs FOR SELF-EMPLOYED 

Self-employed registered with MRA 

5. MRA will arrange for appropriate procedures for the issue of WAPs for self-employed  who are registered with the MRA. 

Self-employed not registered with MRA 

6. Self-employed who are not registered with MRA, will be assisted by the Citizen  Support Unit (CSU) for filling of the online applications for WAP between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays. They should provide details of their National Identity Card and  telephone numbers. The following telephone lines are available for assistance – 

214 2005 

214 1727 

201 3530 

7. Self-employed whose services are essential and are required to move in and out of  the Red Zones should apply for Special WAP.

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ELIGIBILITY FOR SPECIAL WAPs FOR RED ZONES 

8. Employees of public and private sector organisations and private individuals,  including traders, business operators, planters and distributors of food and food related  items, domestic gas and other products who are essential for the running of the  business/work who are required to move in and out of the Red Zones should apply for  Special WAPs. 

9. Likewise, those residing in the Red Zones and who are required to move out and in  to attend to authorised business/work, and are not holders of a WAP, should apply for same  on besafemoris.mu. Upon approval, they should apply for the Special WAP. 

10. Only holders of approved WAPs are eligible to apply for Special WAPs. PROCEDURES TO APPLY FOR SPECIAL WAPs 

11. Application for Special WAPs should be made on besafemoris.mu. Applicants should  provide details of their National Identity Card, approved WAP Permit Number and exact  reason/purpose for moving in and out of Red Zones. 

COMMERCIAL AND OTHER ACTIVITIES 

12. For the purposes of preventing a spread of COVID-19 within the Island of Mauritius,  the premises listed below shall be closed and remain closed until 30 April 2021 – 

o Pre-primary, primary, secondary schools/Tertiary institutions/ Vocational  training centres 

o Private schools 

o Amusement centre 

o Aquarium for public viewing 

o Bookmaker (other than on-line betting) 

o Bar 

o Beauty saloon 

o Casino and Gaming house 

o Theatre 

o Nightclub 

o Cinema hall 

o Multi-purpose hall, including wedding hall 

o Fitness centre (gymnasium/sport complex) 

o Social hall/Village hall/Municipal hall/Community centre/Social welfare  centre/Youth centre/Citizens Advice Bureau 

o Leisure park, including health track 

o Place of worship

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13. The events as listed below shall not be carried out until 30 April 2021 – 

o Fair (fun fair/fancy fair/trade fair/commercial fair/market fair) 

o Public events 

o Sports events or sport activities 

o Public auction 

o Cultural/social event or any other gathering 

o Religious event/ceremony/marriage 

o Concert 

14. No person shall attend the public places as listed below until 30 April 2021 – 

o Public beach/sea, except for a registered fisher holding a fisher’s card o Public garden 

o Children’s playground 

o National park and nature reserves 

o Recreational/leisure activities 

15. Premises as listed below, and other than those not listed at paragraph 11 above, are  authorised to be opened to the public as from 01 April 2021 – 

o Shopping malls/hypermarkets/supermarkets/superettes/meat/poultry/fish  shops/ food retail shops/retail shops (magasins) and hair saloons will open  on Monday to Saturday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. 

o Bakeries 

o Banks will open during their normal bank hours 

o Hardware stores (Quincailleries) will open up to 6 p.m. 

o Courts, in respect of such minimum judicial services as the Chief Justice  deems essential and subject to such directives as the Chief Justice may issue o Private health institutions and private medical laboratories 

o Shop of Opticien-lunetier 

o Pharmacies 

o Petrol stations 

o Port and airport and related businesses 

o Agro-chemical retail outlets selling agricultural inputs 

o Restaurants/fast foods/cafes to be opened only for delivery and takeaway o Schools, educational institutions and other premises designated as  examination centres solely for the purpose of sitting for examinations o Vehicle examination centres 

o Post offices

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16. Events or activities as listed below, and other than those not listed in paragraph 12  above, are authorised to be carried out – 

o Agricultural and breeding activities 

o Fishing activities by registered fishers only 

o Construction activities 

o Funerals, provided that not more than 10 persons are in attendance at a time o Civil marriages, provided that not more than 10 persons are in attendance o Horse racing, to be allowed without public (in camera) 

o On-line betting 

PREVENTIVE AND SANITARY MEASURES 

17. (a) Access to commercial premises such as Markets/shopping  malls/hypermarkets/supermarkets/superettes/meat/poultry/fish shops/food  retail shops/retail shops (magasins), bank, post offices and hardware shops  (Quincailleries) shall be controlled on the principle of alphabetical  categorisation of customers. Access to customers thereto shall be granted  only on presentation, in case of a – 

(i) citizen of Mauritius, his National Identity Card or passport; 

(ii) foreigner, his passport or residence, occupation or work permit. 

(b) All customers will be able to shop strictly on allocated days as indicated  hereunder – 

Surname starting from – 

A-F (Monday and Thursday) 

G-N (Tuesday and Friday) 

O-Z (Wednesday and Saturday) 

18. Commercial premises shall arrange for social distancing markings outside and inside  their respective outlets. Outlets at commercial premises will demarcate queuing lines by way  of floor markings. Outlets will also demarcate social distancing inside their premises.  Customers shall adhere strictly to these markings. 

19. Commercial premises will open on Monday to Saturday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.  Banks will open during their normal banking hours. Commercial premises, except  pharmacies and petrol stations, shall remain closed on Sundays.

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20. The public is hereby reminded that every person shall, at all times, abide by  the(COVID-19) Preventive and Sanitary Measures Regulations 2021. 

21. Wearing of protective mask 

(1) Every person shall, in any place, other than in his ordinary place of residence – 

(a) wear a protective mask over his nose and mouth; 

(b) ensure that every child aged 5 and above in his company, wears a  protective mask over the child’s nose and mouth’ 

(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply – 

(a) when a person travels alone in a private vehicle or where the driver and  every other passenger in the private vehicle ordinarily live together in  the same place of residence; 

(b) when lawfully directed by another person to remove the protective mask  in order to ascertain the identity of the person or child; 

(c) when carrying out, in the course of his employment, an activity that  requires that no protective mask may be worn, or that it shall be  removed in order that other equipment may be worn or used, to carry  out that activity. 

22. Social and physical distancing rules 

(1) Every person shall in any place, other than in his ordinary place of residence,  strictly observe the social and physical distancing rules specified in this  regulation. 

(2) Every person shall, at all times on any premises including commercial  premises, officers and buildings, keep a distance of at least one metre from  any other person, except where the person is in company of child under the  age of 12. 

(3) No person shall, without reasonable excuse – 

(a) sit on a seat that is not fixed to the floor and that is less than one metre  away from another seated person in a public place;  

(b) sit on a fixed seat in a public place which is demarcated as not to be  occupied; or 

(c) stand in a queue less than one metre away from any other person in  the queue in a public place.

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OTHER CONDITIONS 

23. All activities and premises, except for pharmacies and petrol stations, will be closed  on Sundays. 

24. The Commissioner of Police may impose conditions on the movement of holders of  WAPs and Special WAPs and reserve the right to revoke any permit issued in case of  misuse or breach of conditions imposed or false or misleading information provided on the  application form. 

PENALTY 

25. Unauthorised persons found outdoor shall commit an offence under the Quarantine  Act 2020 and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 500,000 rupees and to  imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years. 

 Mr K. Servansing, PMSM 

31 March, 2021 Commissioner of Police 

Office of the Commissioner of Police 

Police Headquarters 

Line Barracks 

Port Louis

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