We are certainly living in challenging times as governments, countries and everyday people cope with the global COVID-19 pandemic.
We have seen our tourism industry in Botswana stretched to its limits where camps and lodges have been mothballed or temporarily closed. Many staff have been retrenched or sent home either on unpaid leave or with minimal pay. Botswana has almost fully closed its borders, except for the movement of essential supplies. Returning citizens and residents are allowed back into the country and are being moved to very basic quarantine camps for a 14-day quarantine period. On 30 March, Botswana recorded its first three cases of COVID-19 and on 31 March, Botswana announced a nationwide lock down for 28 days starting midnight 2 April 2020.
These are very tough times and will fully test all of us.
- Botswana is a small nation with a population of only 2.2 million
- Increasingly stronger measures are being taken and being put in place by our authorities to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus
- Botswana is made up of incredibly resourceful and talented people
- We, as a country, will get through this and together rebuild our country and economy
What is Liquid Giraffe doing?
- We have committed to the welfare of our staff and for now, no one has lost their job
- We increased the cleaning regime in our office
- We created a roster so that there was only one member of staff in the office each week on a rotational basis up to 31 March
- If a second staff member was present, desks were placed more than two metres from each other
- Door handles, light switches, photocopier control buttons and desk surfaces were cleaned with a disinfectant solution upon entry and exit
- Staff were briefed on the effects of the virus and what signs to look for
- We instituted the 3 W’s – wipe, wash and withdraw – where surfaces were wiped, hands were washed frequently and effectively, and people withdrew for periods of isolation or kept fair distance in queues
- We encouraged staff to relay messages to their friends and families
- From 3 April, for the safety and care of all staff and under a Botswana government directive, all staff will be sent home for 28 days during lock down
- We have an online remote facility and an emergency number so we can be reached at all times if necessary.
- We understand your worry and concern. We are all in this together.
- Our main message to all our clients is to defer travel, not cancel it. In almost all instances, travel can be deferred without penalty
- We are providing as much up to date information as possible
- We are part of active tourism operator WhatsApp groups, Botswana government bulletin groups and are in regular contact with the British Consulate so that we remain current as situations change frequently
- We are fully committed to helping our staff, suppliers and clients to ensure we all come out of this together, better and stronger
Please contact us for any further information.