Preparing your business for COVID-19

This Explainer Video is available to download in a selection of languages here.

What is COVID-19?

The new coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, belongs to the same family of viruses as six other known coronaviruses that we have known about for years or even decades. Four of these are human coronaviruses, which generally cause mild winter colds.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.

How it spreads

The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and quickly fall on floors or surfaces.

You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth.

learn more from the World Health Organisation

This webpage is designed to be a helpful resource to advance the understanding of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to inform businesses in Zambia on how they can best respond to stabilize the business, improve care for their workers and families, and save lives.

Coronavirus Support

In these challenging times Tandem and Agova, are here to support your organization to stabilize operations, maintain business continuity, and take advantage of growth opportunities coming out of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Through a partnership with Prospero, we are offering a COVID-19 support package to Zambian SMEs which includes:

  • health and safety training
  • business continuity plannings
  • strategy workshops
  • identifying new growth opportunities

In order to make the package accessible in these challenging times, fees are being reduced and subsidised. Click here to fill in the COVID-19 support request form and engage with us.

Is your business ready for COVID-19?

Conduct this free COVID-19 readiness rapid assessment to find out!

Interested in staying up to date with the latest information on COVID-19 in Zambia?

Join our COVID-19 Action group on Whatsapp to receive updates and helpful information.

More about Getting ahead of the curve

Tandem Circular Consulting and Agova have joined forces to leverage their expertise and experience across a range of sectors in Zambia (Agriculture, Mining, Renewable Energy, Industrial, FMCG, Financial, FinTech). The collaboration has resulted in the development of a framework covering COVID-19 business support and recovery services that address cross-sectoral challenges organizations are currently facing.

To access these resources click here

Tandem Circular Consulting works with companies in Zambia and in the region to research, plan and implement sustainable business practices following circular economy principles. This does not only have a positive environmental and societal impact; this also gives companies a competitive edge and profitability gains. The circular economy is one of the answers to sustainably use natural resources and to prevent rising global issues such as COVID-19.

Agova provides expert consultancy services specialized in creating shared value between businesses and their environment. Since 2011, Agova has been delivering management and technical expertise to businesses in Zambia to further the expansion of business models and norms that increase economic, social and environmental prosperity.

COVID-19 Resources

Unplanned events can have a devastating effect on organizations. Learn about the resources available to help you respond to the challenges related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Preparedness Process

  • Planning

    0. Business continuity plan

  • Protect your People

    1. Staff safety training

  • Working Remotely

    2. Enabling staff to work remotely
    3. Managing & motivating staff remotely

  • Operational Restructuring

    4. Staff safety in operations
    5. Restructure your operation

  • Operational Continuity

    6. Supply chain stability
    7. Distribution & sales stability

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Respond effectively to COVID-19 challenges

Learn about COVID-19 and understand how you can keep your staff and their families safe.

Get ready for the pandemic and ensure business stability by making a business continuity plan

planning resources

Keep your staff safe: conduct training on health and safety, promote safety measures in the office or on-site, and work remotely as much as possible

health & safety resources

Restructure your operations, to be able to continue production with a minimum of delays

operational restructuring

Protect yourself and others from getting sick


There has been widespread misinformation about how you can contract COVID-19, treat it, or how you can avoid getting the virus. To find out what is true and what is not, take a look at this information page from the World Health Organization.

The resources below are available for download to be used for training and workshops to support you and your team to prepare for COVID-19. They are free to use, please reference Tandem Circular Consulting and Syngenta Seedcare.

Planning Resources

This roadmap outlines the steps of the planning process:

0. PLANNING – Roadmap to Readiness for Zambia wide support.pdf

Use this checklist to identify what has already been achieved and what still needs to be done:

0. PLANNING – Business response checklist v1.0.pdf

Use this continuity plan to turn your checklist into an actionable plan:

0. PLANNING – Business continuity plan.xlsx

Use this tracker to keep track of your progress:

0. PLANNING – Progress tracker.pptx


Health & Safety Resources

Use these resources below to train and inform your people on how to stay safe in times of COVID-19
Slide Deck

1. PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE – Staff health and safety training – powerpoint with videos.pptx

Slide Deck

1. PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE – Staff health and safety training – powerpoint without videos.pdf”


1. PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE – Video Wash your hands.mp4


1. PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE – Song Together We Can_Zambia.mp3


1. PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE – COVID-19 leaflet English.JPG


1. PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE – COVID-19 leaflet Nyanja.JPG




COVID-19 Agriculture Poster.pdf

Field Guide

1. PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE – Staff health and safety training – field training guidance.pdf


Operational restructuring resources

Use this slide deck to conduct an operational restructuring workshop with your team.

3. OPERATIONAL RESTRUCTURING – Operational Restructuring toolpack.pdf

Use this spreadsheet to track your progress.

3. OPERATIONAL RESTRUCTURING – Implementation tracker.xlsx


Zambian Regulations and Updates

23 Sep 2023, 6:33 AM (GMT)

Zambia Coronavirus Statistics

Total Cases
Death Cases
Recovered Cases

COVID-19 in Zambia

The Ministry of Health Zambia recommends following the 5 golden rules

  • 1
    Mask up

  • 2
    Maintain social distancing

  • 3
    Wash your hands with soap or sanitizer

  • 4
    Avoid crowds

  • 5
    If you develop symptoms call the hotline (909) or seek medical attention

This document provides more detail on Zambia’s approach to COVID-19:

Travel into Zambia

This document outlines the requirements for travelers coming into Zambia via airports as of July 27th:

For the latest updates, follow the Ministry of Health Zambia
via Twitter:
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