The President proclaimed a state of emergency on 26th March 2020 and subsequently under the Emergency Powers Act he made several regulations known as Emergency Powers Regulations with a view to safeguarding public safety and public healthy even though these regulations may contravene certain fundamental rights and freedoms.
Foroyaa is publishing all the regulations so that the public will know the restrictions in place. In this edition we publish Closures and Restrictions on Non-Essential Public Places Emergency Powers Regulations, 2020.
ISSN 0796 – 0271
Supplement “A” to The Gambia Gazette No. 21 of 31st March, 2020
Legal Notice No. 14 of 2020
REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA
EMERGENCY POWERS ACT
CAP. 17:04 VOL. 4 LAWS OF THE GAMBIA 2009
CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS ON NON-ESSENTIAL PUBLIC PLACES
EMERGENCY POWERS REGULATIONS, 2020
IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred on the president by section 3 of the Emergency powers Act, these regulations are made.
1. Citation, application and duration
(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Closure and Restrictions on Non-Essential Public Places Emergency Regulations, 2020.
(2) These regulation shall apply throught The Gambia.
(3) These Regulations shall subsist until the end of the Proclamation of public emergency issued on the 26th March 2020.
2. Closure of non-essential public places
(1) All non-essential public places shall be closed to the public.
(2) For the purpose of these Regulations, the following are designated as Non-Essential Public Places –
(b) Cinemas and video clubs;
(e) Night clubs;
(f) Public swimming pools,
(g) Event halls;
(h) Casinos and gaming parlours52
(i) Sporting areas; and
(j) Public gatherings of more than five people.
3. Street or beach gatherings
Public gatherings on streets or beaches for activities such as “vous” and sporting activities are restricted to a maximum of five persons, who shall observe the social distancing guidelines of the Ministry of Health.
4. Restrictions on public gathering in restaurants
All restaurant owners or operators shall ensure that –
(a) Restaurants are only opened for the sole purpose of selling food for takeaway; and
(b) That there is a minimum distance of at least two metres between any two persons in the restaurant ordering take away food.
5. Restrictions on public gathering in supermarkets or shops
The owners or managers of a supermarket or shop shall restrict the number of people in the premises of the supermarket or shop at any one time in such a manner as to give effect to the social distancing guidelines of the ministry of Health.
6. Restrictions on saloons or barber shops
The owners or operator of a saloon or barber shop shall ensure that not more than two person are present within the premises of his or her saloon or barber shop at any given tie.
7. Offences and penalties
(1) A person who breaches a provision of these Regulations commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of ten thousand dalasis.
(2) A person who breaches a provisions of these Regulations shall have his or her trade licence-
(a) suspended after his or her arrest; and
(b) revoked after his or her conviction.
HE. ADAMA BARROW
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA