More and more businesses are being forced to either change their schedules or temporarily shutdown offices or branches due to some of their employees testing positive as the coronavirus gets out of control in Zimbabwe. The latest cases include those of OK Norton, EMA offices, NSSA House and Edith Opperman clinic.

The agency would like to notify the public that EMA head office in Bluffhill as well as the KGVI office that houses Harare province and the Environmental Management Agency laboratory, will be temporarily closed with effect from Monday 27 July 2020 until further notice.

EMA’s notice to stakeholders.

It’s not clear when the EMA offices will reopen but the Agency has urged the public to use the institutions’ digital platforms instead.

NSSA on the shutdown of NSSA house

NSSA management wishes to advise stakeholders of the temporary closure of NSSA House in Harare with effect from Monday 27 July 2020 to allow for deep cleaning and decontamination following the incidence of a positive COVID-19 test for one of our employees. This decision was taken in compliance with Section 6 at Statutory instrument 174 of 2020. Public Health (COV10-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (Notional Lockdown) (Amendment) Order. 2020 (No. 14). The affected employee was lost at NSSA House on the 10th of July 2020 due to the implementation of a decongestion programme that has seen the Authority operating at one-third of its staff complement. Management has however resolved to implement the necessary precautionary measures.

The Authority is also conducting contact tracing to facilitate testing for individuals who may have been in contact with the affected employee. All other NSSA offices are safe and Shut continue to operate under the Ministry Of Health and Child Care COVID-I9 guidelines. We sincerely apologise for any inconveniences caused by the temporary Closure. Stakeholders shall be kept informed Of the situation via various media channels. including our darted media platforms @nssazw on Facebook and on Twitter. as well as our website:

Issued on 26 July 2020:

Tendai Mutseyekwa

Marketing and Communications Executive

Just like with EMA the institution has urged members of the public to rely on digital platforms instead. This will be an issue for NSSA though seeing as it is that a good part of their stakeholders are pensioners who live in rural areas where internet access is not exactly ubiquitous.