As part of government’s relaxation of lockdown restrictions, Zimbabwe has promised to resume domestic flights on the 9th of September with plans for resuming international flights next month having suspended them in March.

The motion is aimed at resuscitating the tourism sector which have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, travelers will be required to have COVID-19 clearance certificates.

The development was confirmed by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa during a post cabinet media briefing.

All travellers will be required to have a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) Covid-19 clearance certificate issued by a recognised facility within 48 hours from the date of departure.

The national guidelines for aviation safety and security have been developed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) to ensure the safety of both the travellers and airport staff. These are additional to temperature testing, social distancing, sanitisation and mandatory wearing of masks.

On a separate note, the Minister also confirmed that bottle stores as well as liquor outlets are now allowed to sell alcohol in adherence to strict conditions including restriction of drinking in the premises.

She said “following representations from the Liquor Retailers’ Association, seeking permission for liquor retailers to commence operations, cabinet resolved that operations could resume in line with Covid-19 regulations and on condition that no liquor is consumed at their premises.”

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