Given the current outbreak of the COVID-19, which has been declared a pandemic by WHO, and the current precautionary measures taken by the Botswana Government. The BIE would like to encourage all the members to proactively follow these notices including WHO safety measures to protect themselves and their families. The BIE administration will be implementing the following initiatives to ensure that the institution continues to serve the members without compromising the safety of the officers;
- The BIE office will comply to all the government initiatives and as such members should expect a reduced turnaround time to your submissions and requests.
- Members are advised to use IT for any required services and limit physical visit to the office for very critical services. Members are encouraged to arrange with the office for the visit before going to the office
- A drop box will be placed out at the reception for submission of documents. Any collections of documents to be prearranged with the office to ensure that the documents are ready for collection.
- Members are encouraged to use EFT for payments and minimize cash handling by the office.
- Should a total lockdown be imposed, the BIE Secretariat will be allowed to work from home for urgent matters. The BIE president will also be available for assistance.
BIE members are encouraged to follow reliable sources of information regarding COVID-19 and follow the following recommended practices;
- Maintaining a safe social distance of 1 meter.
- Avoid non-critical travel locally, internationally and regionally
- Avoid travel to highly populated areas
- Avoid handshakes, hugs and kisses when greeting each other
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Good housekeeping such as routinely cleaning common and highly used surfaces, use of sanitizers and frequent washing of hands
- Seek medical help if you experience high fever, cough and difficulty in breathing
Please contact the BIE Secretariat on +267 395 7665 or +267 74 784 527 for any further clarification.