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Zimbabwe: Tourism ReopensBy ATTA®
THE entire tourism sector has been reopened, with immediate effect, as the Government's gradual easing of lockdown measures continues following notable success in containing the spread of Covid-19.
This was announced by Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu yesterday.
Tourism is one of the sectors worst affected by the pandemic after worldwide bans on international travel.
Restrictions on local travel also affected the viability of the sector.
Minister Ndlovu said many tourism companies had been left on the brink of collapse and the resilience of the sector had been tested to the limit over the last six months.
"It therefore comes as a very welcome decision that Cabinet has allowed all tourism activities that had remained shut down as part of the measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, to now resume full operations," he said.
Activities that had been given the go ahead to resume included game drives, bungee jumping, zip liners, helicopter rides, lion walks, elephant rides and all registered tourism activities.
"For the avoidance of doubt, this also includes the resumption of boat operations on our lakes both for tourism and fishing (and other tourism related activities), in strict compliance with Covid-19 pandemic guidelines which have been developed," he said.
Minister Ndlovu said his ministry had collaborated with various stakeholders to develop health and safety guidelines, which were approved by Cabinet, detailing protocols which needed to be followed to allow the whole sector to re-open safely.