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Zim moves to level two lockdown

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has moved Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 lockdown from the stringent level four a relaxed level two, a move he said had been necessitated by a decline in infections and deaths in the past weeks

“I am therefore introducing a relaxation of the current level four lockdown to level two,” said Mnangagwa, while announcing the new lockdown measures at State House Tuesday.

“The relaxation includes, but is not limited to the following measures: curfew beginning at 2200 hours and ending at 0530 hours, ordinary business enterprise to operate between 0800 hours and 1900 hours, restaurants and bars within hotels and lodges to open between 0800 hours and 2200hours, bottle stores may sell liquor to customers for consumption off-premises between 1000 hours and 1600 hours.”

However, beer halls and nightclubs will remain during the new lockdown measures which will be reviewed after two weeks.

President Mnangagwa said public gatherings will now be limited to 100 people with observance of public health measures of wearing masks, sanitising, social distancing and temperature checks.

“People are encouraged to be vaccinated,” he emphasized.

He further said the decongestion of offices should be at 50 percent of ordinary capacity.

“Intercity transport is permitted with observance of public health measures, low risk sporting activities shall operate from 0800 hours to 1600 hours while observing public health measures as previously described in the lockdown measures,” said Mnangagwa.

“Medium to high risk sporting activities shall obtain approval before hand; and persons entering Zimbabwe from neighbouring countries and other countries shall undergo a Covid-19 PCR test  not more than 48 hours from the time of their departure for Zimbabwe.”

He added that the Ministry of Health and Child Care would continue with its mass vaccination programme while the police continue to enforce lockdown measures.

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