According to the United States Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe had 123,320 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4,320 deaths as of August 24. People must wear face masks in public and observe social distancing, defined as keeping a distance of at least one meter from any other individual.
On June 29, 2021, the Government of Zimbabwe announced the following, stricter COVID prevention measures:
- Travelers arriving to Zimbabwe from countries with the Alpha variant (previously known as the UK variant ) and Delta variant (previously known as the India variant) of COVID-19, or those who transited such countries en route to Zimbabwe, will be quarantined at government appointed facilities at the traveler’s expense. These travelers will be tested for COVID-19 on the first, third, fifth, and tenth days at the traveler’s expense. To date, the Government of Zimbabwe has not specified which countries will fall into this category.
- Businesses are to be open from 8AM to 3:30PM only.
- A curfew is in place from 6:30PM to 6AM.
- Businesses are to operate at a maximum of 25% of staff on site, with the rest teleworking.
- Travel between cities is suspended, except travel that supports food and medicine production.
- Restaurants are closed for eat-in service, but may serve take-away customers until 3:30PM.
- Hotel and lodge restaurants may offer dine-in service to residents of the hotel or lodge only.
- Beer halls and night clubs are closed.
- All gatherings, except funerals with 30 or fewer attendees, are banned.