Retailers have welcomed the relaxation of the coronavirus-induced lockdown restrictions which resulted in the extension of business operating hours from any time between 6.30 am to 6.30 pm.
Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) president, Denford Mutashu, told State media that the development was welcome. He said:
CZR applauds the Government on the extension of operating hours for businesses in line with the gradual relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
The move implemented by the Government this week is in support of its plans to re-open the economy in a careful manner taking Covid-19 pandemic into consideration, which is still in our midst.
Zimbabwe is gradually emerging from a long lockdown, with various socio-economic activities now allowed.
The relaxations include a partial reopening of schools later this month, the lifting of a ban on inter-city travel, the imminent resumption of domestic and international flights, and the reopening of bottle stores, clubs and gyms.