By Staff Reporter
Government has announced the dates for the reopening of schools which was delayed by the COVID-19 induced lockdown.
Addressing journalists during a post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said schools will reopen in a phases .
“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education met with teacher organisations and deliberated on the safe reopening of schools among many other issues.
“Noting with satisfaction, the preparations for the resumption of classes in schools, Cabinet is advising that schools will reopen on the 30th of August 2021 for examination classes and on the 6th of September 2021 for non-examination classes.
“As such intercity and intracity transportation for learners will be allowed during school reopening periods subject to close monitoring by law enforcement agencies,” said Mutsvangwa.
Cabinet also resolved that the vaccination programme will be extended to the 14-17 year age group.
Until now, the vaccination program has been open to people aged 18 years and above.
“Government has so far acquired 13 million doses of Covid19 vaccines, out of the 20 million required in order to achieve herd immunity. Based on the advice of scientists, the vaccination program will be extended to the 14 to 17 year age group,” said minister Mutsvangwa .
She also stated that restaurants are now 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, which include wearing face coverings, social distancing, and hand sanitising.