All Licensed Bars Now Allowed To Open Only To Vaccinated Patrons

CABINET has announced that bars with valid operating licenses can now reopen but should only admit vaccinated individuals.

By Michael Gwarisa

Breifing Journalists during a pots cabinet briefing, Infomation minitser, Senetaor Monica Mutsvangwa said, “…Cabinet notes, with concern, that the continued closure of licensed bars and night clubs has caused not only a loss of income and unemployment but also resulted in the mushrooming of illegal outlets.

“Cabinet therefore directed that all licensed bars be opened to fully vaccinated clients. Bar owners are also required to ensure that the World Health Organisation and national protocols and guidelines are enforced, failure of which their licences will be withdrawn. The bars are also required to adhere to curfew hours.”

She added that even though there has been a decrease in cases of Covid-19 in schools across the country during the reporting period ending 3 October 2021, there was still a greater risk of spreading and transmitting infections that could result in a fourth wave.

“There were (815) cumulative cases compared to (1267) cases reported last week. The nation is advised that in view of a potential fourth wave and the general complacency being experienced in most communities following the relaxation from Level 4 to Level 2 lockdown, implementation and enforcement of all Public Health and Social Measures will continue to be strengthened with a focus on vaccine rollout and awareness campaigns at public places and gatherings.”

Regarding case management, infection, prevention and control, the number of people in need of hospitalization for COVID-19 continues to fall, with the country’s bed occupancy rate decreasing from 4.62% the previous week to 4.3% during the week under review. Ninety-four (94) new admissions were recorded, with 6 patients placed under intensive care, as of 1 October 2021.

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