H.E. President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced on 2nd of May that the lockdown will be extended until the 17th of May. However, the government is allowing businesses in the private sector (i.e. companies with shop licences and who are VAT registered) to open.

Softening the negative impact on the economy

This will help to ease monetary shortages, while keeping individuals safe from the virus, and containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The government plan to publish exact guidelines for companies to follow in the next couple of days.

Returning to work Guidelines

Employees and employers are required to be tested for COVID-19.

This must be done using a test that has been approved by the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, and at a medical institution that has been designated by the Government to test for the COVID-19 virus.

All government, municipality and mission hospitals, and selected private facilities, will be doing the testing.

Private Testing Facilities

Lancet:
Contact: 0774326362

  • PCR TEST
  • $65

    per test
  • RAPID TEST
  • $25

    per test

CIMAS Labs:
Contact: 0782704890 | 0782704890

  • PCR TEST
  • $N/A

    not currently conducting
  • RAPID TEST
  • $25

    per test
  • Available to non members
  • Limited to 60 people per day
  • Call-out available for large companies (50+ employees)

PSMI:
Price and testing procedure coming soon.

If you’re a large company (50+ employees), it may be possible for testing clinics to come to your place of work.


While outdoors

It is important to follow the guidelines set out by the government not only to keep you and your employees safe but also to prevent harsh penalties for not following them.

  • Keep your results: It is also important to keep your testing results as these will be your certification that you had the test done and that you have tested negative for the virus.
  • Wear a face mask: The government also announced that it is mandatory to wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you leave your place of residence.
Not everything has changed
  • Social distancing is still in place, which means that you must have 2 meters between yourself and the next person, and this is also true for the work place.
  • Each entrance into the building must have a temperature checking station as well as disinfectant station.
  • ZUPCO buses are still the only form of public transport available, these buses are sterilised twice a day. Each passenger has their temperature checked and they are required to sanitize their hands on entering the buses.
  • Company representatives are still required to carry a letter from their employee with their ID number, which they will be asked to produce at check points.