Zambian President Edgar Lungu announced the reopening of all schools, colleges, and universities which were closed following the outbreak of the COVID-19 in March this year.
(African Stand) — Zambian President Edgar Lungu has ordered all Schools and bars to reopen on 14, September 2020.
This follows the partial reopening of colleges for examination classes only in June.
Mr. Lungu made the announcement during the ceremonial reopening of parliament on Friday 11, September 2020.
The President has also partially lifted coronavirus restrictions on bars and nightclubs, which will be allowed to operate between 18:00 and 23:00 from Friday to Sunday.
However, the President said he would not hesitate to reimplement restrictions if people failed to comply with Covid-19 guidelines, including hand-washing and maintaining social distance.
The announcement comes after longstanding agitation from the bar and nightclub industry that the restrictions were unfair and bad for business.
Many establishments continued to operate despite the presidential directive, with almost 50 bars in Lusaka cautioned for breaking regulations in July.
So far there have been 12,952 cases of Covid-19 in Zambia, with 296 deaths.