GOVERNMENT has advised that the 2021 Heroes and Defence Forces Day commemorations will be physically attended by very small gatherings of between 50 and 200 people, who must all be fully vaccinated and will also all undergo Covid-19 testing just before the events.
According to a cabinet briefing by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, the rest of Zimbabweans will follow proceedings on national television and radio stations as the President will also address the nation virtually.
Mutsvangwa said there will be a small gathering at State House in Harare, with the rest of the nation following proceedings on virtual platforms.
Government fears that any form of letting the guard could see the holidays turning into super spreader events and wipe off the gains made so far in controlling Covid-19.
The 2021 main Heroes Day commemorations which will be held on 9 August at the National Heroes Acre and will be a “hybrid event” with a small gathering of 200 people comprising the representatives from war veterans, spouses of heroes and heroines and the youth.
Mutsvangwa noted that the President will confer medals on 16 recipients in various categories of Honours and Awards.
Heroes Day Commemorations will also be held at all the provincial shrines where Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution will officiate. Gatherings at the Provincial Heroes Acres will be limited to fifty persons drawn from the respective districts in the province.
The Ministers of State will also confer medals on nominees of the 2021 Honours and Awards.
The celebrations will be attended by fully vaccinated persons, while attendees will undergo COVID-19 testing. □