THE Insurance and Pension Commission’s (IPEC) request to host a conference of insurance regulators has been approved by cabinet under strict World Health Organisation (WHO) measures.
By Michael Gwarisa
Briefing Journalists , Information, Publicity Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said IPEC has to choose a bigger venue to ensure COVID-19 protocols can be observed.
Furthermore, Cabinet approved a request made by the Insurance and Pensions Commission (IPEC) for the Organization of Eastern and Southern Africa Insurers (OESI) to host a meeting of Insurance regulators. The approval was made on the following conditions:-that they choose a large venue in Victoria Falls;that they use a combination of face-to-face and online modes of discussion; and that they strictly adhere to COVID-19 regulations,” said Senator Mutsvangwa.
Meanwhile, cabinet says it will be scaling up efforts to curb violation of COVID-19 restrictions.
“Cabinet with concern the upsurge in the use of unauthorized passenger-carrying vehicles that are not affiliated to ZUPCO on the roads. Social distancing and other COVID-19 measures are hardly being observed by passengers in these vehicles. In order to curb this development, the Vehicle Inspectorate Department (VID), the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the Traffic Safety Council (ZTSC) are enhancing surveillance and enforcement.
“The nation is reminded that all beer halls, bars, pubs and nightclubs remain closed. Bottle stores should strictly open for takeaways, as required by the law. Restaurants are expected to continue to be open for 50% sit-in capacity, takeaways and deliveries. Cabinet approved that the operating times for the restaurants be extended to 2100 hours.”
In light of the general lack of compliance to COVID-19 regulations by citizens, the Law and Order Sub-Committee will step up surveillance and enforcements, including community engagement on the risks associated with such complacency.