Pursuant to Regulation 6 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Amendment (No.4) Regulations, 2020 which empower the Director of Health Services to require persons liable to be quarantined to pay the costs of their quarantine, as of June 5, 2020, the following persons shall be required to bear the costs of quarantine according to the following schedules;
(i) Returning citizens and residents; 50 % cost of quarantine and 100% if they opt out of the government designated quarantine facilities, provided their chosen facility meets covid-19 guidelines.
(ii) All companies whose employees or other agents return to or enter Botswana will cover 100 % of cost of quarantine.
(iii) Diplomats will be permitted to self-quarantine at home.
(iv) For local contacts of COVID-19 requiring quarantine the Botswana Government will cover 100 % costs of their quarantine unless they opt out of government designated quarantine site, provided their chosen facility meets covid-19 guidelines
(v) Undocumented immigrants will be quarantined at police holding sites and swabbed prior to repatriation to their countries.
(vi) In exceptional cases, home quarantine may be permitted provided such quarantine facility meets Covid-19 guidelines. It should be noted however, home quarantine will effect fully once Botswana Government has rolled out tracking and geo-fencing mechanisms.
[Signed]___________________Dr Malaki Tshipayagae