THE Zimbabwean cabinet has resolved that restaurants should now serve sit in customers as the country eases its lockdown restrictions against COVID-19.
By Michael Gwarisa
In the previous announcement that was made by President Emerson Mnangagwa, restaurants had been allowed to operate but only attending to walk-in customers. However, the new relaxation gives restaurants the green light to operate as well as for the resumption of sporting activities but under strict COVID-19 prevention regulations.
Briefing Cabinet, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said restaurants will allow sit in customers together with sporting and recreational activities
Restaurants are now allowed to open for sit-ins at 50% sitting capacity, under strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines. Those found breaking the restrictions will be closed immediately.
“In order to utilize the existing capacity as agreed at the last Meeting, Cabinet resolved that Stage Two of Phase One of the vaccination roll-out will include tobacco merchants and their workers, teachers and hospitality industry workers, and this should commence immediately. Cabinet also agreed that all sporting activities will now resume and observe Standard Operating Procedures,” said Sen Mutsvangwa.
Sen Mutsvangwa also said preparations for the opening of schools have reached an advanced stage with examinations classes having opened as scheduled on 15 March 2021.
“Non-examination classes will open on 22March 2021 as scheduled. Standard operating Procedures are being emphasized, particularly regarding the availability of potable water at every school.”
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has received another 200 000 doses of Sinovac vaccines it purchased from China yesterday and another donation of the Sinopahrm vaccine.
“The balance of one million from the 1.2 million vaccines procured will be delivered by the end of March 2021 or in early April 2021. Government also took delivery of 200 000 doses of Sinovac vaccines it purchased from China today.The balance of one million from the 1.2 million vaccines procured will be delivered by the end of March 2021 or in early April 2021.
“A total of 36 786peoplehave so far been vaccinated within the first 20 days of the programmes with all provinces receiving coverage. Efforts are underway to increase vaccination awareness in order to reach the minimum of 60% of the population vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.”