After 47 days without any new local Covid-19 case, all economic and social activities can now resume and we should be proud of the way we have tackled the situation, stated the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, this evening, in a press conference at the Treasury Building in Port Louis.

The Prime Minister announced that following the Cabinet Meeting today, decision has been taken for the lift of all business and activity lockdowns ordered earlier to cope with the Covid-19, as from Monday 15 June 2020. Consequently, beaches, markets, gyms, parks, Village Halls, Community Centres, cinema and other public places will now be accessible to the public but the wearing of masks will still be compulsory.

According to Mr Jugnauth, the country has united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus but Government is also aware that since the closing of our frontiers, Mauritians stranded abroad have faced very difficult situations. As a small island State, we have worked out a laudable repatriation plan and Government is putting in much effort in the implementation of the plan, he recalled. A total of 1 836 stranded citizens have already been repatriated, and another 800 Mauritians will come home by the end of this month, he pointed out. In July, 1 164 stranded citizens will be repatriated depending on whether they clear the Covid-19 test prior to boarding the flight.

Speaking about the education sector, the Prime Minister stated that the school calendar has been reviewed and the resumption of classes will be on 1st July 2020 instead of 1st August 2020 as previously announced. Furthermore, teaching and non-teaching staff will be given priority for Covid-19 testing, so that the resumption of classes is done in the best conditions.