Chiwenga Bars Church Gatherings As Government Returns Lock-Down
13 June 2021

By A Correspondent-The government has with effect from tomorrow Monday, banned all gatherings, except funerals, in new Covid-19 containment measures aimed at curtailing a possible third wave of the pandemic.

Announcing the new regulations at a Press Conference in Harare yesterday, Vice President and Health and Child Care Minister, Constantino Chiwenga, said last week Zimbabwe recorded 596 new cases and 26 deaths, figure authorities believe as a consequence of complacency in communities and at workplaces.

“All gatherings except funerals are banned. These gatherings include, but not limited to weddings, church gatherings, music festivals and sports activities,” VP Chiwenga said, adding that funerals shall be limited to 30 people.

Companies have been directed to de-congest their premises by 50 percent, while workshops have been banned.

“All workshops and meetings are to be held virtually. In addition, all offices — both Government and private — are to de-congest by 50 percent (except for offices connected with essential services).”

Under the new measures, restaurants are no longer permitted to sell food to sit-in customers save for those appended to hotels and lodges.

“Beerhalls and night clubs will remain closed whilst bottle stores will operate from 10:00 hours to 16:00 hours. Operators should ensure that there is no drinking in and around their premises. Failure to adhere to these measures will result in withdrawal of business licenses,” said Chiwenga.

-State media