Government moves to nip unnecessary movements

by | Jul 16, 2021 | COVID 19 | 0 comments

Brian Rungani Temba

Government has called on citizens to minimise movements in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases.

Prevailing lockdown conditions prohibit intercity travel, but some citizens have continued to gallivant across the length and breadth of the country with aplomb.

This has prompted authorities to release a lockdown reminder with a few clarifications.

In a statement earlier, Information, Broadcasting and Publicity Services Permanent Secretary Nick Mangwana said there is need for the public to meet Government halfway through acting in accordance with laid down guidelines.

“Movement between Harare and Chitungwiza or Harare and Norton are considered as intercity travel and therefore prohibited,” said Mr Mangwana.
This comes after Government has received feedback of intercity movement for non-essential reasons continuing regardless of the level four lockdown extension.
“This has resulted in the worrying surge in COVID-19 cases in the country,” Mr Mangwana said.

“Law Enforcement agents will be ensuing that intercity travel will only be permitted for those providing essential service or travelling for humanitarian reason such as seeking medical treatment.
Proof of provision of essential service may be requested at Police checkpoints,” he added.

As for Intra-city travel the public has been urged to stay home unless they are going to provide essential services, going to business permitted to operate under Level four lockdown or seeking medication with a 5 kilometre radius.

Mr Mangwana assured the public that additional measures will be administered on top of Police checkpoints to ensure the public complies with the lock down measure.