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Zimbabwe Reopens Bars, But Only For Vaccinated Drinkers

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FILE — In this June 24, 2020 file photo, a man sells face masks outside a makeshift shop in Harare. Zimbabwe is allowing bars to reopen for the first time in more than a year it was announced Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, but only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to take a swig from inside the premises. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi,File)

(AP) — Zimbabwe is allowing bars to reopen for the first time in more than a year, but only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to take a swig from inside the premises.

The southern African country closed pubs and nightclubs in March 2020 as part of restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 and had ignored pleas by owners to ease the restrictions to rescue their collapsing businesses.

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the decision to open pubs and nightclubs was out of “concern” that “the continued closure of licensed bars and nightclubs has caused not only a loss of income and unemployment but also resulted in the mushrooming of illegal outlets.”

 

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