Minister of Information and Publicity, Monica Mutsvangwa has announced that government Monday extended business operation hours for the retail, wholesale and service sectors.
In a statement to the media, Mutsvangwa said the latest development was part of government efforts to gradually opening the economy since the introduction of the Covid 19 lockdown in March this year.
“As part of gradually opening the economy and with immediate effect, Government has extended operation hours for the retail, wholesale and service businesses from 8am – 4.30pm to 6.30am – 6.30pm,” she said.
Mutsvangwa said the decision was reached through the gazetting of SI 216 of 2020 which among other issues operationalises the resumption of the aviation sector, regulates tourism operations under the lockdown, and the special provisions for liquor licensees.
She said the taskforce grouped the sale and consumption of liquor by licensees into three categories.
“Licensees that may sell liquor to customers for consumption off the premises during licensed hours. These include wholesalers, wine producers and bottle stores.”
“Licensees who may sell liquor to customers for consumption on the premises during licensed hours. These include restaurants, airports, recreational park areas, houseboats, camps and caravan parks and lastly licensees that may sell liquor to customers for consumption on premises during licensed hours including casinos and theaters,” Mutsvangwa said.
On travel and tourism, she said that the taskforce received an update on the implementation of the recent Cabinet directive which approved relaxations for the tourism and hospitality industry, and the aviation sector.