Revellers to wait a bit longer.

by | Apr 23, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments

Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa.

In a move described as painful but necessary in the face of a possible third wave of Covid-19 pandemic, Government has deferred the consideration for the opening of bars and night clubs until further notice.

In a statement read by Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa at a post Cabinet media briefing yesterday, it was decided that bars and night clubs remain closed.
Cabinet remains cognisant of the need to fully open all economic activities but the threat of Covid-19 third wave is a reality that the nation can not afford to ignore.

Bars and nightclubs have in the past been identified as super spreaders for the Covid-19. It is a known fact that social distancing and wearing of masks, a requirement of laid down World Health Organisation Covid-19 regulations, is hard to enforce in entertainment venues.

The first victim of the Covid-19 related complications in Zimbabwe was pictured at a high class Harare joint partaking to a drug commonly called shisha in the club circuit. There were also rumours of several end of year parties in 2020 that were dubbed Covid-19 super spreaders.
Such fears of the reckless behaviour of revellers makes it difficult to then do contact tracing and also control the spread of the dreaded pandemic.

The government recognises the news to put in place preventive measures to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

The government is in the middle of a vigorous vaccination campaign which is aimed at achieving a national herd immunity of at least 60 per cent.
The response to the vaccination program has been encouraging so far with 296000 people having received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.