Boarding Students Barred From Travelling Home During Independence Holiday
The government of Zimbabwe has directed that boarding students will not be allowed to travel home during the Independence holiday in a move meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
As part of efforts to contain Covid-19 infections, the government saw it fit to order all borders to remain at school over the Independence weekend.
Addressing a post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare this Tuesday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutswangwa said;
“In order to protect learners during the forthcoming holiday and avoid the Covid-19 infection spike as happened over the Christmas and New Year holidays, Cabinet has directed that all learners at boarding schools remain at their schools during the Independence holiday in order to avoid travel congestion and minimize chances of contracting the virus.
All school heads, without exception, are required to observe this directive, which is in the national interest.”
According to The Herald, during the Easter holidays, the government also barred boarding students from travelling to their homes. The same restrictions applied to learners who had travelled to urban or rural areas but are not boarders.
Meanwhile, as the country is preparing to commemorate its 41st Independence Day anniversary, the Cabinet has advised citizens to maintain a high level of alertness and adhere to the preventive measures which are already in force.
In an effort to minimize social contact and reduce the risk of the spread of the coronavirus, President Emmerson Mnangagwa also banned public gatherings on Independence day. He urged Zimbabweans not to throw caution away during Independence day commemorations.
President Mnangagwa also appealed to the nation to always uphold the measures put in place by the Government and the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 protocols as the nation is not yet out of the woods.
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