Bar operators in Zimbabwe have been allowed to resume operations, two years after closing due to Covid-19.
They will, however, be expected to serve vaccinated patrons only, and to follow Covid-19 prevention protocols.
Zimbabwe’s Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa announced this at a post-Cabinet media briefing in the capital, Harare, on Tuesday evening. Government also extended the country’s Level 2 Covid-19 lockdown by two weeks.
Minister Mutsvangwa said, “All licensed bars can now open to fully vaccinated clients. Bar owners are also required to ensure that Covid-19 protocols and guidelines are enforced, failure of which, licences will be withdrawn.”
She said the decision took into account “loss of income and sprouting of illegal operators selling alcohol”.
This is the most welcome news for both bar owners and imbibers in two years as authorities variably eased restrictions in other sectors except for “the merry-making beer drinking society”.
Some bars and night clubs had been operating illegally during the period, risking the health of patrons.