President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday authorised the re-opening of the showbiz sector following pleas to his office from artistes across genres who had been financially squeezed by the long COVID-19 induced lockdown.

The arts sector had remained under a hard lockdown amid fears that large gatherings would become super-spreaders of the highly infectious respiratory disease.

Tinomudaishe Machakaire Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation deputy minister took to Twitter to announce the development with pictures of Mnangagwa holding a guitar alongside contemporary singer Andy Muridzo outside State House.


Only 50 people will be allowed per live show, according to the government.


“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to His Excellency, Emmerson Mnangagwa for being a listening President. All artists have been given the greenlight to start performing considering they do not exceed the stipulated number of 50,” Machakaire said.