The tourism industry in Zimbabwe is due to reopen as government announced the easing of regulations during a briefing on Tuesday [June 30].
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said that ‘in the tourism and hospitality sector, requests for variations of operating conditions in respect of restaurant operators, and to reopen safari operators for local hunting only and national parks were granted,’ reports ZBC News.
Restaurants are allowed to welcome sit-in patrons, national parks will reopen and safari operators will resume economic activity. Restaurants may only occupy 50% of their licensed capacity.
With international travel still banned in the country, Zimbabwean government said it will focus strongly on boosting local tourism and has already dedicated a $500-million bank guarantee facility to aid the struggling sector.
Several tour operators across the country have already released special offers for locals to encourage domestic travel, reports We are Victoria Falls.
Restaurants are now allowed to serve sitting customers within their premises, but using only half their licensed capacity, while safari operations and national parks are allowed to re-open to help boost domestic tourism.
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