Government green light schools re-opening as Covid-19 cases ease

By Staff Reporter / Image Source : AP

The government on Wednesday announced schools will re-open Monday next week after three months of Covid-19 induced holiday as the third wave swept across the country during the winter season.

Primary and Secondary schools took a break in early June expecting to resume classes at the end of the same month before Covid-19 disrupted all the school’s calendar.

Speaking at a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the government was satisfied by the ministry of primary and secondary education, and the ministry of health and child care’s Joint Operational Plan of the Standard Guidelines for the Coordinated Prevention and Management of COVID-19 at Learning Institutions.

Mutsvangwa said: “Noting with satisfaction the preparations for the resumption of classes in schools, Cabinet is advising that schools will re-open on 30 August 2021 for examination classes, and on 6 September 2021 for non-examination classes.

“As such, the inter-city and intra-city transportation for learners will be allowed during schools re-opening periods, subject to close monitoring by law enforcement agencies.”

The government also relaxed Covid-19 level four lockdown regulations by giving restaurants a green light to have sit-ins to only fully vaccinated clients. 

“The nation is further informed that restaurants will be allowed to re-open for sit-in patrons who are fully vaccinated subject to the production of vaccination cards and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols,” Mutsvangwa said.

The re-opening of schools, and restaurants partially, should not give the citizenry room for complacency as the possibility of a Covid-19 fourth wave remains on the horizon, the government warned.

The government further added the target for the country to attain herd immunity by December is still within reach as the inoculation exercise continues to gather pace.

“Given the current vaccination statistics, Cabinet is confident that herd immunity will be achieved by December 2021.”

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