Wednesday, 25 November 2020

GOVT Orders Night Clubs, Beerhalls, Betting Shops To Shutdown As Covid-19 Cases Surge


The government has warned night clubs and bars who are in defiance of Covid-19 regulatory measures that ‘stern measures’ will be taken against them.

In Post Cabinet Press Briefing, yesterday in Harare, the  Acting Chairperson and Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndhlovu told members of the press that the Covid-19 national lockdown is still in place.

Under the previously announced lockdown and curfew measures, recreational and entertainment joints are still not allowed to open their doors to members of the public.

It should be noted that public bars, night clubs, beerhalls, casinos, betting shops and theatres are still not permitted to operate, Minister Ndhlovu said


The nation is informed that gatherings are still limited to two (2) persons, while authorised events such as weddings and church congregation as are limited to fifty (50) and one hundred (100) persons, respectively

The enforcement of lockdown measures will be intensified henceforth, he added.

However, the current Covid-19 regulations allow liquor outlets to open up to 6 PM and restaurants until 10 PM.

Responding to questions from journalists, Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Kazembe Kazembe emphasized that no one is above the law and that law enforcement agents will take stern measures against all law offenders.

Stern measures will be taken by law enforcement agencies and an operation is underway that saw arrests of some night clubs and bars who were disregarding measures set.

No so-called high profile, middle profile, low profile or no profile person will be spared if caught on the wrong side of the law, Minister Kazemba said.

As of 20 November 2020, Zimbabwe had recorded a cumulative 9 120 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 8 229 recoveries, and 265 deaths.

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