HARARE, 2 March 2021 – The government of Zimbabwe has relaxed COVID-19 restrictions which have been in place since last January 5.

Markets and businesses can reopen and schools and universities have been put on notice to prepare to resume in-person classes on a date to be announced soon.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa cited a decline in the number of cases, fatalities and hospitalization in order to lift the requirement of a written permission in order for movement..

Students Socially Distance as they Await to Enter Class - Photo Xinhua

Students Socially Distance as they Await to Enter Class – Photo Xinhua

Zimbabwe Resumes Inter-City Travel - Photo Xinhua

Zimbabwe Resumes Inter-City Travel – Photo Xinhua

Intercity travel is now permitted and the nighttime curfew now runs from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Public gathering remain restricted though, with funerals limited to a 30-person attendance and church meetings limited to 50 people.

Cars, gyms and night clubs remain closed and restaurants will provide takeaways and deliveries while sit-ins are not yet authorized.

As of Monday, Zimbabwe had confirmed 36,089 COVID-19 cases with 1,463 deaths and 32,666 full recoveries.

The country’s health ministry on Monday confirmed that 31 new cases were detected on Sunday with no fatalities reported.

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