The Restaurant Operators’ Association of Zimbabwe (ROAZ) is pushing for the vaccination of workers in the sector to facilitate the resumption of sit-in services.
In the latest update, the association said it has started facilitating staff vaccinations, which saw more than 270 restaurant staffers from Harare alone receiving their first COVID-19 jabs on Wednesday.
ROAZ vice president, Karen Mutasa, said to date, close to 1 000 members in the capital city have received one or two vaccinations and the drive will be spread across the country. Said Mutasa:
Restaurants around the country have been responding positively to the call by the Government for people to be fully vaccinated and ROAZ wanted to increase that level of support with a day session that would enable as many staff as possible to receive their first jabs.
These first-timers will receive their second jabs in a few weeks’ time and will join the many other restaurant staff around Zimbabwe who are fully vaccinated.
She said feedback from ROAZ members has shown that about 1 000 people now had first or second-time vaccination, which is about 94 per cent of staff totals.
The day-long vaccination session took place at Mutasa’s Organikks restaurant venue in Chisipite and was conducted by a team of nurses from the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
Staff came in from member restaurants on a pre-booked schedule and the operation was conducted smoothly and successfully.
ROAZ is working in partnership with the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe, the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority to advocate for the re-opening of restaurants to sit-down dining.
At present restaurants are able only to serve takeaway or delivery food, but ROAZ has argued through research that this is unsustainable for the trade.