Zimbabwe has given bars the go-ahead to reopen but only to fully vaccinated patrons, as the government tries to encourage more people to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
Bars and nightclubs have been closed for more than a year as the country tried to contain the spread of the deadly global Covid-19 pandemic.
Following a Cabinet meeting in Harare on Wednesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa told journalists that Zimbabwe had seen a sharp decline in infections with the recovery rate now at 94 percent.
She added that the prolonged closure of pubs and bars had seen the mushrooming of illegal drinking outlets.
“In view of sprouting illegal drinking outlets, Cabinet directed that all licensed bars be opened to fully vaccinated clients,” she said.
“Bar owners are also required to ensure that the World Health Organisation and national protocols and guidelines are enforced, failure of which their licenses will be withdrawn.
Only bottle stores, hotels, lodges, and licensed supermarkets have been selling alcohol.