eSwatini have implemented a 20 day partial lockdown to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective from March 27.

King Mswati III and Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, introduced a partial lockdown on selected sectors, but King Mswati III has emphasized that the economy must continue to be robust to ensure that the lockdown doesn’t ground the Kingdom.

People in Eswatini will not be allowed to leave their homes except to buy food, medical supplies, make use of banking services or seek medical attention.

All non-essential travel between towns, cities and regions is prohibited, except for medical reasons or to provide or acquire essential services.

“In all food outlets and banks, the public is restricted to 20 individual and a distance of one to two meters between each other,’ said Dlamini in a press statement.

Following the announcement by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa of a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from March 26, only goods and cargo as well as returning citizens and legal residents will be allowed to enter eSwatini through the country’s border crossing points.

These citizens and residents will be subjected to a mandatory 14 days quarantine at designated locations except for those who are able to self-isolate.

“May I assure the nation that government is committed to emerge victorious against this health threat,” said Dlamini. “