Govt Gazettes New Law That Redefines Essential Services

The Government has gazetted Statutory Instrument 200 of 2020 which outlines conditions to be adhered to during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The new SI is called the Public Health Covid-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment; National Lockdown Consolidation and Amendment Order, and it repeals 16 other previously gazetted public health statutory instruments that had to do with national lockdown conditions. The document read:

Essential services include any hospital service; any service relating to the generation, supply or distribution of electricity and any service relating to the supply and distribution of water.

Any service relating to the production, supply, delivery or distribution of food in particular supermarkets and food retail store, fuel or coal as well as banking institutions, bureaux de changes, money transfer services are also essential services.

The Government Printer (Printflow (Private) Limited); all criminal and civil courts together with their support staff including the Sheriff of the High Court or messengers of court are part of the essential services.

All arms and organs of the State engaged in providing security services and licensed private security services are also part of the essential services.

The document includes the work of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission established in terms of the Electoral Act under the essential services category.

All sewerage or sanitary service; fire brigade or ambulance service; coal mining; communications and telecommunication services are classified as essential services.

The SI also includes the conducting of public examinations at schools, colleges, universities or other tertiary institutions in accordance with circulars issued by the ministries responsible for primary, secondary, tertiary or technical education as an essential service.

SI 200 of 2020 further stipulates that citizens who hoard food for profit-making through resale will be subjected to prosecution if found guilty.

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One Comment on “Govt Gazettes New Law That Redefines Essential Services

  1. The supply of water is an essential service, yes, so how about SUPPLYING SOME! Have had NONE in my area for nearly TWO DECADES! Water tanks and bowsers are all over the place, and boreholes are now the order of the day.

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