Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa on Monday said the further relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions was not an indication that the pandemic has been defeated.
Statutory Instrument 216 of 2020, among other things, allows businesses to operate for 12 hours, operationalises the resumption of the aviation sector, regulates tourism operations under the lockdown and the special provisions for liquor licences.
Mutsvangwa told reporters in Harare yesterday that the government has extended operating hours for the retail, wholesale and service businesses from 8 am-4.30 pm to 6.30 am-6.30 pm.
She, however, said the government will continue to prepare health facilities so as to be able to cope with any potential spike in infection. Mutsvangwa said:
Licensees who may sell liquor to customers for consumption on the premises during licensed hours include restaurants, airports, recreational park areas, houseboats, camps and caravan parks.
Licensees that may sell liquor to customers for consumption on premises during licensed hours include casinos and theatres.
As we gradually open the economy, we need to remember that we are doing this while taking all necessary precautions to fight the invisible enemy, COVID-19.