President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said public markets with huge human traffic may be closed any time if there is need to do so as a way of stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Some of the places that attract huge human traffic include Mbare Fresh Produce Market and Mupedzanhamo in Mbare, Harare, as well as several bus termini within the Central Business District such as Copacabana, Fourth Street and ‘Charge Office’.
Fielding questions from journalists at State House on why the two markets [Mupedzanhamo and Mbare Produce Market] were not closed, President Mnangagwa said:
The process is likely to follow, but for now, we have decided to have health personnel around the area to monitor and make sure that people coming in or out of those places are screened.
If the need arises that we close Mbare (green market) and other markets, we will do so. But this is the first phase of our action to restrict free movement.
President Mnangagwa said the government does not intend to police the movement of people, but encourage people to minimise movements.
This comes as the government has come up with measures that limit social movements in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.