SI 2020-094 Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (Amendment) Order, 2020 (No. 4)

This SI was gazetted on 21st April by the Minister of Minister of Health and Child Care.  It is the fourth amendment to the principal National Lockdown Order, SI 83/2020 issued by the Minister on 30th March [link to consolidated version of SI 83 as amended by SIs 84 and 86 and 93].

The main provision of this SI is section 4, which adds a new Part IIIA to the principal Order headed PHASED RELAXATION OF NATIONAL LOCKDOWN.  The new Part spells out the conditions under which manufacturers and mines and their employees, and designated tobacco auction floors and their employees and tobacco buyers and sellers, may resume functioning during the National Lockdown.  This, therefore, gives effect to measures mentioned  by the President in his 19th April broadcast announcing the extension of the National Lockdown to 3rd May, but not covered in SI 93/2020 of the same date [link].

Section 2 of the SI – despite what it says – actually corrects obvious errors in the preamble to SI 93/2020, not SI 83.

Section 3 clarifies that “cross-border goods vehicles” engaged in essential services may enter or exit Zimbabwe through ports of entry and exit as long as they comply with the rules laid down in section 8 of the principal National Lockdown Order.

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