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COVID-19 Guidelines for Higher Education Institutions in Zimbabwe


These guidelines are  intended to mitigate the risks of spread of COVID-19 as staff and  students have a need  to work on campus. All staff and students in HEIs are advised to follow the guidelines of the ZIMCHE and or the different Universities’  guidelines diligently.


These ZIMCHE guidelines are targeted at all staff and students in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Zimbabwe who are to return to work physically on campuses or have plans to do so.


The following guidelines shall  be referred to by staff and students in HEIs in Zimbabwe.

  1. Universities are advised to find a means of disseminating mandatory information about COVID 19 to students and staff  online before they can physically access their campus facilities.
  2. Staff and Students may be required to return to online mode of delivery and learning at any time and are required to adhere to the given guidelines.
  3. It is advised that  staff and students are not allowed to visit their campuses whenever they are sick or have symptoms of COVID 19.
  4. Staff and students must wear masks correctly on campus at all times in line with the Ministry of Health and Childcare guidelines in Zimbabwe. Staff and students in HEIs must  wear masks when in elevators, common rooms, hallways and all other shared spaces not listed here.
  5. Staff and faculty must follow these compulsory guidelines whilst on campus in order to protect themselves and others:
    • Temperature check at all entry points into the HEIs. If experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 staff and students are advised not to go to work or attend classes.
    • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, particularly after getting contact with common facilities e.g. doorknobs, handrails, and shared  equipment.
    • Students and staff are expected to cough/sneeze into sleeves, preferably into the elbow and sanitize hands as frequently as possible.
    • In order to prevent infection, avoid touching your face; particularly your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands to prevent infection.
    • There is a need to clean and disinfect frequently shared objects of frequently touched objects and surfaces in different workspaces.
    • Keep all surfaces in workspaces free of litter or any other waste to allow for proper cleaning in the workspaces.