LATEST: Vic-falls restaurants given greenlight to re-open

By Theophilus Chuma
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has given the green light for restaurants in Victoria Falls to re-open following the city’s milestone in achieving herd immunity for Covid-19.
Announcing the development, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa noted this only applies for the resort city and is a follow up on the directive issued last week which re-opened Kazungula and Livingstone border posts to vaccinated tourists.
Senator Mutsvangwa noted that the latest development was reached after the resort city achieved herd immunity.
“The move is being taken in cognisant of the fact that Victoria Falls has since achieved herd immunity, this is courtesy of the pilot vaccination programme which our government has carried out in this premier tourist destination,” said the Minister.
This position will ring sweet news for the tourism industry which was already buoyant after the reopening of Kazungula border post last week.
The emphasis however remains on all the other existing protocols and guidelines.
“I would like to emphasise that the usual Covid-19 protocols as enunciated by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, in consent with WHO will remain standing and this is we have to wear our mask, maintain social distance, sanitise our hands and stay at home,” emphasised Minister Mutsvangwa.
The position sets an optimistic tone for the tourism destination which is pinning hope for a quick recovery on arrivals from within and beyond the region.