. . . train services resume
. . . Business hrs 8am-7pm
. . . Curfew: 10pm to 5:30am
After President Mnangagwa yesterday reviewed lockdown to level 2, scholars and commuters will be most relieved as curfew and travel restrictions have been eased.
Schools had to resort to early closing times as the level 4 lockdown measures did not allow pupils and guardians enough time to travel home after school.
But with the business hours now moved to 8am to 7pm and the curfew now from 10pm to 5:30am there should be enough time for pupils to get to their schools on time and to travel home before curfew after lessons.
The new curfew hours will also likely see the ease of congestion at the terminus in major cities and also on the roads.
Thousands of people had been gathering at bus terminuses to catch transport home from 3:30pm during level 4 lockdown and the new measures should ease that human congestion and also traffic congestion during peak hours.
Bars within hotels and lodges were also allowed to operate between from 8am to 10pm in the new measures announced by President Mnangagwa.
Bottle stores will now open between 10am and 4pm while other beer outlets and nightclubs will remain closed.
Number of people allowed to attend public gatherings was also increased to 100 while offices will decongest to 50 percent.
Commuters will also heave a sigh of relief as intercity travelling is now permitted in strict adherence to Covid-19 health measures.
With regards to sport, the President said low risk sports will resume from 8am to 4pm while high and medium risk sporting activities will have to seek approval from authorities to be played.
Persons entering the country should present a Covid-19 test less than 48 hours old.
The measures will be reviewed in two weeks.
The relaxation of the Covid-19 Lockdown measures comes on the backdrop of marked reduction in new Covid-19 cases from a weekly average of 2564 in the second week of August to the current 1065.
The weekly average deaths also decreased from 140 to 76.
President Mnangagwa said “the marked decline in cases and deaths is a clear demonstration that government’s careful implementation of Public health and Social |Measures including lockdowns, in collaboration with all stakeholders is paying off.”
Meanwhile, in a move that will help further ease the transport and traffic congestion woes, commuter passenger rail service resumed yesterday with three routes at peak periods along the main east-west railway line through Harare as Zupco and NRZ introduced rail coaches to ease congestion in and out of the city centre.