National lockdown in Mauritius: 10 – 25 March 2021


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The government of Mauritius has implemented Covid-19 public health protocols and imposed a nationwide lockdown until March 25th, in response to the recent resurgence of local cases in Mauritius, and an effort to avoid a second wave of infections, the Prime Minister has announced on 09 March 2021 a national lockdown to be implemented from 6am on Wednesday 10 March 2021, until 25 March 2021. This 15-day lockdown may be reviewed by the Government in light of the evolution of the situation. The number of active cases now stands at 216, at the time of writing.

In accordance the new directive, all educational establishments and non-essential businesses will close; certain essential businesses, such as filling stations and supermarkets, were closed on March 10 and reopened on March 11 with strict sanitary measures in place. Essential services, including police, health services, fire services, pharmacies, retail distribution chains, airports, and seaports will remain open through the end of the lockdown. International and domestic inbound and outbound passenger flights have been suspended until March 25th, but cargo flights will continue.

Towards recovery

It is important to note that Mauritius had successfully stopped the community spread of COVID-19 in 2020 and the population resumed a nearly ‘normal’ life, with the national vaccination programme beginning earlier this month. Collective immunity could be achieved sooner by expected if the various vaccines provided by the government are received on time.

What is community/herd immunity?

Germs can spread rapidly through a population and sicken a large number of people. If a large number of people become ill, an epidemic can occur. When a sufficient number of individuals are immunized against a single illness, germs cannot spread as quickly from person to person — and the whole population is less likely to catch the disease.

Our Commitment to you

As of Monday, 10 March we at DMSL have reinstated our Work-From-Home (WFH) policy as a safeguard measure. With the lockdown, the premises of DMSL will not be open for business during this time due to the lockdown. The DMSL team will continue to work closely with our clients on an individual basis to address their specific needs.

We trust that the lockdown will have a minimal impact on our clients as we remain committed to safeguarding their interests by thoroughly revising our business continuity systems and processes, allowing all our staff to operate efficiently from home safely and securely. They have the requisite facilities and remain reachable by email or softphone, and we invite you to stay in touch.

Our workers’ health and welfare remain our highest concern. We are handling the situation in real time and all our decisions are made in order to reduce the health risk for our staff, clients and partners while ensuring the continuity of our services.