Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CRZ) president, Denford Mutashu, has applauded President Emmerson Mnangagwa for tightening COVID-19 national lockdown measures.
In a statement, Mutashu implored business leaders and consumers to adhere to set protocols to ensure safety and prevent loss of life. He said:
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The Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) applauds President Mnangagwa for announcing level 4 COVID-19 restrictions in order to curb a surge in new cases and deaths.
CZR urges business and the general public to strictly adhere to the measures. Let us all remain vigilant and save lives and livelihoods.
President Mnangagwa is on record saying it is better to save lives as the economy will be resuscitated in future.
The country is in a state of war against the invisible enemy, the COVID-19 pandemic and it is our collective responsibility to stop the spread of this respiratory disease. Together we can defeat COVID-19.
President Mnangagwa Tuesday announced a strict level four lockdown in which business hours have been reduced to between 8 am and 3.30 pm and the curfew hours extended to run from 6.30 pm to 6 am.
The restrictions, which took effect on Tuesday, will be in place for two weeks pending a review of the situation.
Mutashu recently issued a statement imploring Government to implement a national lockdown saying they had noticed a general surge of COVID-19 cases in most parts of the country.
He was, however, berated by the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe (TBCZ), which said a national lockdown would affect tourism recovery.