The announcement released by Mr Nicholas Moyo the NACZ director this evening comes on the backdrop of the frenzy and unilateral resumption of ‘normal’ business by entertainment and cultural spaces in the country following 6 months of a Covid-19 induced blanket closure.

The last week of August each year is the most festive and longest period of social gathering, interaction, entertainment and celebration in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare [and also in other towns] outside of the annual Christmas holiday. Sadly this year marks the first time since independence that this period has experienced a no-show due to the Covid_19 global pandemic.

Pandemics have proven to be triggers or threats to most people’s mental wellbeing as evidenced by the anxiety, confusion, depression, and loneliness that people suffer from during these dire times. It is easy to concentrate on physical health and neglect your mental health in times like these. As much as it is important to take precautions to avoid contracting the virus, it is also of paramount importance to take care of your mental health. As the spread of COVD-19 has been declared a pandemic after reaching at least 152 countries as of March 26, 2020, Zimbabwe has not been spared.