Bulawayo Mayor Solomon Mguni has urged the government to suspend the holding of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) and Independence Day celebrations set to be hosted by the city in the next few weeks amid Covid-19 threats.
Mguni postulated that all national gatherings should be suspended to make sure that people are safe from the novel coronavirus. He said:
It’s a very risky situation to have such high people traffic in the city at such a time. Personally, I think that all big gatherings must be suspended for at least two months.
The City of Bulawayo should suspend all public national gatherings, starting with the 2020 independence celebrations and ZITF 2020 until we are sure that our people are safe from Covid-19. This is my opinion. As people, we must debate around this thing and ensure that we reach the safest conclusion.
If you look at global trends, they are suspending all of these activities maybe for a month or two as they observe. If we are not fully equipped to deal with this pandemic, why don’t we suspend these activities maybe until the end of May? It’s my opinion.
I have shared my view so that the people may debate around that thing. Look at China, Italy, Germany, they are suspending these things and have shut down.
ZITF is the riskiest because you have people coming from all corners of the globe, including the hotspots, so it may be safer to take extreme measures for now.