Govt announces school resumption date

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By Online Reporter
The 2022 school calendar will begin on February 7, the government has announced.

Announcing the Covid-19 level 2 lockdown review, acting President Constantino Chiwenga said there has been a decline in new Covid-19 cases.

“The National Covid-19 epidemic curve is indicating that the 4th Wave is at its tail end and this Wave appear to being brought under control,” Chiwenga said in a statement.

Highlight of the new measures as follows:

  1. The general school calendar starts on 7 February 2022 following one week of finalising 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;

  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 night clubs shall open from 0800 hours to 2200 hours only for vaccinated persons;

  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, retuning 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 mobilising 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; sanitising; 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.