RETURNING Zimbabweans will now be allowed to book into quarantine facilities of their choice if they can afford them, minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa said on Tuesday.

Speaking at Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Mutsvangwa said returnees will no longer be forced into facilities they are not comfortable with for as long as they can afford facilities of their choice.

“Cabinet resolved that returnees who offer to pay for themselves be allowed to do so on condition that the facility is secure and subject to inspection by health and security officials and that reputable and established companies be contracted to supply Covid-19 materials,” said Mutsvangwa.

Government last month clashed with a group of 65 citizens who were returning from the United Kingdom and were resisted accommodation at Belvedere Teachers’ College in Harare arguing it was below standards.

As part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, returning locals are required to undergo 21 days of quarantine mostly in teachers’ colleges and boarding schools.

The country has kept its borders open for returning locals who are subject to periods of between 14 and 21 days of quarantine.

Zimbabwe has recorded 37 cases of covid-19 including 12 recoveries and four deaths.