LATEST: Govt okays reopening of bars to vaccinated clients only

Zimstar News

Government has given licenced bars the greenlight to reopen but only to fully vaccinated patrons.

This was announced at a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare Tuesday by Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa.

Bar owners are also required to ensure that Covid-19 protocols and guidelines are enforced, failure of which, licences will be withdrawn.

Said minister Mutsvangwa, “Cabinet notes, with concern that the continued closure of licensed bars and nightclubs has resulted in not only in 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World Health Organisation and national protocols and guidelines are enforced, failure of which their licenses will be withdrawn and will have to adhere to curfew hours.”

This will come as a relief to bar owners whose businesses have been closed since government introduced its lockdown measures to try and limit the spread of Covid-19.

The relaxation of lockdown regulations by government follows the continued decline in new infections with the country recording zero deaths past 24 hours.