Following the detection of positive COVID-19 status among some staff members, the Republic of Botswana has announced a temporary closure of the Office of the President.
“The public is informed that the Office of the President will be closed for COVID-19 disinfection and staff testing on Monday, 25th January, 2021, and Tuesday, 26th January, 2021, during which period normal services will continue to be provided by staff working from home,” the Permanent Secretary, Government Communications, Andrew O. Sensiyi said.
According to him, the closure of the Office of the President is out of abundance of caution following the detection of positive COVID-19 status among some staff members, and the subsequent enhancement of safeguards to prevent possibilities of the spread of infection.
Disinfection procedures and COVID-19 tests on all members of staff of the Office of the President make it imperative to close the Office as both a safeguard against disinfectants and the necessary comprehensive screening of staff before resumption of occupancy in the buildings.
Sesinyi added that further assessment will be made before staff resume duties at the Office on Wednesday, 27th January, 2021.
“The public is advised to remain calm since the measures being taken are essentially out of precaution and not indicative of any situation of undue cause for alarm. The public is further reminded to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols that include, wearing of masks, social distancing, washing of hands and where possible, sanitizing,” he further said.