MARCH NEWSLETTER UPDATES
Greetings from the ZATI office,
I hope that we are all keeping safe and taking precautionary measures amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
In this edition of the newsletter the following will be included:
- Members News.
- Government news
- Update on corona virus.
- Corporate Social Responsibility.
- Office news.
UPDATE ON CORONA VIRUS
Our newsletter last week contained a range of issues involving the Corona virus in Tanzania. For this week we are still awaiting official communication from the government on those infected, their progress and how the government is dealing with the pandemic.
As of 30th March the Ministry of Health issued a statement confirming that 2 additional cases have been confirmed in Zanzibar taking the number to 5 confirmed cases in Zanzibar. As of 31st March, 2020 the first Corona death has been confirmed in Tanzania. So far the total number of confirmed cases in Tanzania is 24. Below are the official Swahili letters issued by the relevant authorities. We will continue to share updates as we receive them. In the meantime we urge everyone to take caution as advised by medical experts. The contents of the Swahili letters are those shared briefly in this paragraph.
In addition to the above The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued directives granting visitors who were provided with Visa notices but could travel a 3 month extension. Furthermore the Ministry has also stated that all foreign nationals whose permits, visas, passes, or exemption certificates have expired or are about to expire have been granted a one month grace period. Once the grace period is over all foreign nationals mentioned above must report to Immigration services for further directives.
Supporting your community
ZATO our associate partner organization in the tourism industry has established a fund raising committee to raise money from mainly their members and other willing and able businesses.
The funds are to be used in the spirit of corporate social responsibility to assist the community in these dire times. ZATI strongly believes this effort should be supported by our members and non member hotels. The funds will be used to purchase materials to support the community protect itself from the COVID-19 Virus. As of 2nd April, 2020 the fund handed over 10 tanks to be used as washing stations to the Ministry of Health of Zanzibar. To this end we appeal if you wish and are able to contribute please send money however small in the following manner:
Zanzibar Association of Tour operators - ZATO
Bank Name: PBZ
At the Exchange rate of $1 = 2,300Tzs.
When sending kindly state your name if individual, hotel or business name. Lastly, ZATI through our treasurer Ali Mohammed Ameir who is also treasurer of this fund will provide a breakdown of how the funds are used.
As of 1st April, 2020 our office has been closed until further notice with our team working from home as advised by the Ministry of Health. Our team will check on the office for all letters delivered. We will continue to share updates via mail and through our social media platforms. If you are not yet following our social media platforms you may start by following the social media buttons below for Facebook & LinkedIn. For urgent matters You may contact us directly on the same emails and phone numbers below:
+255774722876With the Director's working days reduced the Deputy Director Taleeb Jussab will be handling all your emails. We would also like to remind those members that have not yet renewed their membership to kindly do so in order to keep ZATI office open and running.