COVID-19 Lockdown Restrictions Relaxed

The acting President of Zimbabwe retired General Chiwenga has relaxed the lockdown restrictions with schools set to open on 7 February 2022.

The lockdown restrictions have been reviewed as follows :

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1. The general school calendar starts on 7 February 2022 following one week of finalizing all reopening preparations by both school administrators and parents.

2. The business community to go back to working from their offices whilst continuing to observe COVID-19 prevention measures such as social distancing and also continuing to encourage their employees and patrons to get vaccinated;

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3. Curfew shall now begin at midnight (0000hrs) and end at 0530 hours the following day.

4. Restaurants and hotels offering catering services to operate from 0800 hours and close at 2200 hours and allow sit-ins only for fully vaccinated persons;

5. Bars and nightclubs shall open from 0800 hours to 2200 hours only for vaccinated persons.

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6. All persons entering Zimbabwe must undergo a valid COVID- 19 PCR test not more than 48 hours from the time of their departure for Zimbabwe. Those who do not have a valid negative PCR test and a certificate to that effect shall be denied entry into Zimbabwe.

7. Quarantine for locals, returning residents and visitors is lifted for those fully vaccinated.

8. The wearing of face masks in public places, especially public transport and closed space gatherings remain mandatory and must be enforced.

9. Eligible members of the public are encouraged to get vaccinated.

10. The provincial COVID-19 task-force teams are urged to increase their efforts in mobilizing eligible members of the public to get vaccinated.

11. Finally, the practice of WHO-recommended COVID-19 preventive public health and social measures that include: washing of hands; sanitizing; social distancing; avoiding crowds and gatherings; to continue.

12. All of the above measures are subject to periodic review depending on the prevailing COVID-19 situation.

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