GOVERNMENT has resolved to allow restaurants to serve sit-in meals as the country gradually moves towards relaxing COVID-19 restrictions.
By Michael Gwarisa
Briefing Journalists during a Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Information, publicity and broadcasting services, Ambassador Monica Mutsvangwa said the move was also part of the easing of restrictions for the hospitality and tourism industry which is amongst the sectors which have been hardest hit by the COVID-19.
In the tourism and hospitality sector, requests for variations of Operating Conditions in respect of Restaurant Operators and to re-open Safari Operators for local hunting only and National Parks were granted. Restaurants will now be allowed to serve sit-in meals at fifty percent of the restaurant’s sitting capacity,” said Minister Mutsvangwa .
Zimbabwe has to date recorded 567 COVID-19 confirmed cases, compared to the four hundred and eighty six (486) reported on 20 June, 2020. Of the 567 confirmed cases, four hundred and seventy four (474)are imported cases from South Africa, Botswana and the UK, while seventy seven (77) are local cases.Harare Metropolitan Province has recorded two hundred and twelve (212) positive cases, the highest numberin the country.
Meanwhile, the number of those who have recovered from the disease, which has increased from the previously reported total of sixty four (64) to one hundred and forty two (142), while deaths now stand at seven (7).Given the surge in the number of local transmission of the disease, Cabinet agreed that all those who test positive from both private and public quarantine centres should be moved to an identified isolation centre as a matter of urgency in order to prevent further spread of the pandemic.