Zambian government warns nightclubs, casinos over flouting COVID-19 preventive guidelines


The Zambian government on Sunday warned nightclubs, casinos and other drinking places that stiffer measures will be implemented if they continued flouting COVID-19 preventive guidelines.

Kennedy Malama, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health in charge of Technical Services, said the government was displeased that owners of nightclubs, casinos and other drinking places have continued to flout the preventive guidelines.

The government has put measures aimed at curbing the spread of the pandemic with nightclubs, casinos and other drinking places only allowed to operate from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“We will only have ourselves to blame for the stiffer measures to be implemented which will have a negative impact on your businesses,” he said.

According to him, the places were among super-spreaders of the pandemic.

The government has also suspended the issuance of permits for public events like kitchen parties and weddings while the holding of political campaigns ahead of this year’s general elections have been suspended as the country battles the third wave of the pandemic.

In the last 24 hours, the country recorded 2,537 new COVID-19 cases out of 10,689 tests done, bringing the cumulative cases to 148,568.

At least 55 people died during the same period, bringing the total deaths to 2,022 while 2,617 patients were discharged, bringing the total recoveries to 124,582. Enditem

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