Lockdown measures relaxed to Level 2

President Mnangagwa
President Mnangagwa

Staff Writer

Government has reviewed the COVID-19 restrictions with President Mnangagwa announcing that the National Lockdown has been reviewed downward to Level 2 from Level 4.

In his address to the nation, President Mnangagwa said inter-city travel was now allowed while curfew hours have been reviewed from 10pm to 5:30am.

He said Zimbabwe, in the last two weeks, had recorded further marked reduction in new COVID-19 cases from a weekly average of 2 564 in the second week of August to the current 1 065 cases.

The weekly average deaths also declined from 140 to 76 deaths.

Business hours have also been extended and would be operating from 8am and closing at 7pm while restaurants and bars within hotels and lodges will close at 8pm.

Bottle stores would operate between 10am and close at 4pm although beerhalls and nightclubs will remain closed to the public.

“Public gatherings to be limited to not more than 100 people with the observance of public health measures of wearing masks, sanitizing, social distancing and temperature checks and people are encouraged to be vaccinated,” President Mnangagwa said.

He called on Zimbabweans to remain vigilant.

“Government recognizes that the threat of the pandemic still exists, especially in the view of the recent identification of a new virus variant by the World Health Organisation.

“The law enforcement agencies will continue to strengthen enforcement of all recommended COVID-19 regulations whilst the Ministry of Health and Child Care will continue to roll out vaccines to every corder of the country,” he said.

Visitors coming into Zimbabwe would be required to produce PCR COVID-19 test certificates that are obtain not less than 48 hours before travelling.

Sporting activities have also been allowed to start under prescribed guidelines.

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