Zimbabwe Reviews Lockdown Measures, Curfew Time

The Zimbabwean government has through Statutory Instrument (SI) 287 of 2020 amended measures of the coronavirus-induced lockdown. We present the SI below.

IT is hereby notified that the Minister of Health and Child Care has, in terms of section 8(1) of the Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) Regulations, 2020 (published in Statutory Instrument 77 of 2020), made the following order:—

1. This Order may be cited as the Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (No. 2) (Amendment) Order, 2020 (No. 7).

2. The Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (No. 2) Order, 2020, published in Statutory Instrument 200 of 2020 (hereinafter called “the principal order”), is amended in section 2 (“Interpretation”) in paragraph (b)(vi) of the definition of “public place” by the deletion of “do not exceed fifty (50) persons at a time” and the substitution of “do not exceed one hundred (100) persons at a time”.

3. Section 5 (“Public gatherings”) of the principal order is amended in subsection (1)—

(a) in paragraph (a) by the deletion of “not more than fifty (50) persons at a time” and the substitution of “not more than one hundred (100) persons at a time”;

(b) in paragraph (b) by the deletion of “not more than fifty (50) persons at a time” and the substitution of “not more than one hundred (100) persons at a time”;

(c) in paragraph (i) by the deletion of “not more than fifty (50) adult individuals” and the substitution of “not more than one hundred (100) adult individuals”;

(d) in paragraph (k) by the deletion of “not more than fifty (50) adult individuals” and the substitution of “not more than one hundred (100) adult individuals”.

4. Section 18 (“Additional Part V exempted persons: low-risk sportspersons”) (4)(b) of the principal order is amended by the deletion of “in excess of fifty (50) spectators” and the substitution of “in excess of one hundred (100) spectators”.

5. Section 25 (“Curfew: limitation of business hours and other measures affecting businesses”) of the principal order is amended in subsection (6) by the repeal of paragraph (a) and the substitution of the following paragraphs—

“(a) every supermarket, food retail store, fuel outlet, hunting safari operator, professional hunter and non-essential business shall open not earlier than 0800 and close no later than 1830 hours on every business day; and

(a1) every restaurant shall open not earlier than 0800 and close no later than 2000 hours on every business day; and”.

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