Here Are The Businesses Allowed To Open Under Lockdown Level 2

The government on Saturday gazetted Statutory Instrument 99 of 2020 to clarify the Level Two national lockdown announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday.

SI 99 of 2020 describes businesses that are expected to open during Level 2 of the national lockdown. It says:

. . . business in the formal commercial and industrial sector means any business, industry, trade or occupation . . . in goods or services for the generation of income or the making of profits, the formalisation of which is evidenced in any one or more of the following ways:

(a) the holding of a shop or other licence from a local authority enabling it to operate the business in question from a specified premises; or

(b) being the lessee of premises governed by the Commercial Premises (Lease Control) Act [Chapter 14:04]; or

(c) being a registered operator for the purposes of the Value Added Tax Act; or

(d) being a registered as an employer for the purpose of paying employees’ tax under the Income Tax Public Health (Covid-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (Amendment) Order, 2020 (No. 5) 554 Act, or otherwise making a regular return of income for the purposes of that Act;

(e) being a party to a collective bargaining agreement negotiated through an Employment Council governing the business in question.

Individuals or businesses that fail to comply with the new regulations face hefty penalties of up to $36 000 or a year in jail [in the case of individuals]. It says:

Any person who fails to comply with an order of an enforcement officer given under this section, or who hinders or obstructs an enforcement officer from having the access referred to in subsection (6), shall be guilty of an offence and liable to fine not exceeding level twelve or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

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