Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has announced a raft of measures in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The measures include the shutting down of the popular weekend Khothama flea market and limiting the number of mourners attending burials to just 30.
The interventions against the pandemic were announced by the city’s mayor, Councillor Solomon Mguni on Thursday morning. He said:
As per the Government of Zimbabwe proclamation, the city reiterates that there be limitations of attendees at gatherings such as churches, funerals, weddings and meetings to less than 50 people. We discourage gathering and appeal to residents to minimise congregating.
The city will be working with the informal traders for a reduction of vending stalls at the markets such as Fifth Avenue in line with the social distancing recommendation of at least one metre apart, shops are required to make limitations to the number of customers inside a shop at any given time, observe social distancing and they are required to make provision of sanitation facilities at each entrance.
Clr Mguni further revealed that council will engage the transport sector so that there is a reduction of operators’ fleet, the number of passengers per given time and also to provide sanitation equipment in all their vehicles and offices.