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Govt okays inter-city travel, increases business operating hours

Cabinet has approved the resumption of inter-city travelling and the re-opening of the central registry for the issuance of urgent documents.

Giving a Post-Cabinet briefing in Harare this Tuesday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa confirmed the resumption of inter-city travel.

“Cabinet approved the resumption of inter-city travel to facilitate the smooth movement of examination candidates, citizens and visitors. Transporters who wish to ferry passengers should register with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development to ensure that they strictly comply with Standard Operating Procedures for their sector which are compliant to the WHO guidelines and all COVID-19 regulations.

“In support of this service, the Vehicle Inspection Department should also resume its services. All employees in the Tourism Sector should comply with the COVID-19 regulations as is done in all the other approved services.”

Cabinet also approved the re-opening of the Central Registry for the issuance of urgent documents.

She added that the immigration department has also been partially reopened as part of efforts to facilitate the resumption of flights on the 1st of October.

“In order to facilitate access to critical documentation from the Central Registry during the COVID-19 induced lockdown, Cabinet has approved that the Central Registry should reopen and offer services, such as the issuance of births and death certificates, national registrations as well as passports.

“Measures are being put in place to ensure that operations at Central Registry offices which are usually characterized by overcrowding are in line with the Ministry of Health and Child Care and WHO protocols to curtail the transmission of COVID-19. Members of the public will be informed on the timelines for accessing the critical services.

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“Cabinet further authorised the partial reopening of the Department of Immigration, Client Service Centre for the purpose of processing short-term investor work and student permits, issue visas at ports of entry and resume enforcement operations through the compliance section.”

The relaxation of the lockdown guidelines comes after the government recently approved the reopening of schools for examination classes, the tourism and hospitality industry and aviation sectors.

Operating hours for businesses has also been extended, with businesses now being allowed to operate between 0630 hrs and 1830hrs.


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