As of yesterday alcohol sales have been banned in all retail outlets countrywide. This comes into effect as a means to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently Zimbabwe has 9 reported cases and 1 death from Covid-19. While globally there are 1,016,401 reported cases with 53,160 deaths recorded.
The ban was put in place to allow shops to sell essential products during this 21 day lockdown while minimising social disorder.
The national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the measure had come into place as people were defying social distancing practices.
Police have been deployed to take action on shops that defy the ban. We will see over the next week if this is enforced or if the Government does a U-turn on this decision?
“The lockdown measures were clearly stated and in light of ensuring that we fight Covid-19, there will be no sale of alcohol at any point in places like bottle stores and supermarkets. This comes as we have realised that people who buy alcohol at supermarkets are giving us challenges. They buy and drink as groups, be it either in their vehicles or places of residence thereby defying social distancing,” Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi.
“Action will be taken on all those who will defy the order and sell alcohol at any bases. The police today (yesterday) started to take full action and will be visible on the ground throughout the lockdown.” Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi.
“People should take heed of Covid-19 and put their health first and that of every citizen in the country as the pandemic is affecting all of us,” he said.
This comes at a time where Delta’s revenue is under massive strain. We are in a situation where disposable incomes are either falling or becoming zero in the extreme case where people are losing their jobs due to the pandemic.