The government says it will boost security during the forthcoming Easter holidays to ensure adherence to COVID-19 containment regulations, amid expectations of an increase in human traffic countrywide.
The Easter holiday starts with Good Friday on April 2 until Easter Monday on April 5.
The Easter holidays are celebrated widely in Christendom with mass gatherings, and health experts are concerned there could be an explosion of coronavirus cases immediately after the holidays.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa on Thursday told Senators that Cabinet was aware of the risks of a rise in infections during the holidays. She said:
All the security agents would be out in full force to ensure there is compliance with regulations because we have noticed that compliance is becoming a problem following the easing of some of the restrictions.
Mutsvangwa also said church gatherings should not be more than 50 as required by the regulations.
The country’s borders have not yet been re-opened, and only returning residents would be allowed to enter the country, Mutsvangwa added.
She said the government has put in place mechanisms to ensure people do not use fake COVID-19 test certificates to travel.