“Zimbabwe Is Still Under COVID-19 Lockdown” – Police

The Zimbabwe Republic Police reminds Zimbabweans that the country is still under COVID -19 lockdown measures which include a curfew which runs from 2200 hours till 0600 hours the following day. The enforcement of these health, safety and security measures is still paramount.

Police has noted with concern that some sections of the public no longer value the wearing of face masks, observe social distancing guidelines, sanitization and public gathering restrictions. COVID -19 is real, and the public should avoid being complacent and cooperate with law enforcement agencies to curtail the spread of the pandemic.

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The Zimbabwe Republic Police reminds the public that gatherings allowed by the Government should strictly observe and comply with the requirement of 100 or less people at church gatherings, 50 or less people at funerals, low risk sports and sports clubs. Let us take note that weddings, birthday, house parties, political and other social gatherings which include musical shows and concerts are still banned. Church leaders are warned against hosting or convening all night prayers.

It is also clear that night clubs, bars, beer-halls and casinos are not allowed to operate under these COVID -19 safety measures.

The Police has intensified patrols, surveillance, checks and other measures to ensure arrests are effected and the law takes its course without fear or favour. Those found operating shebeens or selling and drinking liquor whilst closed inside bars, night clubs and other premises will be dealt with.

In the same vein, kombis or private vehicles which are pirating within cities and inter-city routes will be impounded. Besides the drivers, action will be taken on the owners who are obviously not taking heed of the Government’s call to be responsible and law abiding citizens. The police is quite aware that some vehicle owners and drivers have removed number plates with some putting cardboard boxes or other materials on windows in order to evade arrest and in the process adopt a confrontational attitude to the law enforcement officers. This will not be tolerated and certainly the law will be applied to the latter.

The Police implores religious, business, political and other influential people to help drive the word home that COVID -19 is with us and everyone needs to adopt a shared and collective responsibility to fight the virus. This call also applies to school and college authorities.

Since the onset of the national lockdown, a total of 224 037 people have been arrested with the number of people not wearing face masks increasing each day. 23 180 vehicles have been accounted for pirating or engaging in mushikashika acts which put the lives of the public at risk.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police urges members of the public to cooperate with law enforcement officers to curtail the spread of COVID -19 and to be exemplary citizens in terms of assisting in the maintenance of law and order in the country.

Meanwhile, the Police will ensure action is taken on any police officer who will be found to be engaging in any form of corruption at COVID -19 checkpoints, roadblocks and other enforcement sites. The public is once again requested to report such officers through these numbers, Harare 0242 748836 / 703631 Bulawayo 029 885479 and Whatsapp 0712800197.

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