Government worried over poor Covid-19 protocol adherence

by | Mar 12, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

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Government has raised concerns over the blatant disregard of Covid-19 protocols by citizens as they go about their everyday business.

In places like Harare CBD, seeing people with masks on their chins is a common sight.

Such indiscretions have caught the attention of cabinet, who have gone on to issue a warning to those disregarding the laid out regulations.

Addressing the media after this week`s cabinet session, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said;
“There is great concern in the increased number of people milling around the Central Business Districts and other public places often without regard to masking and social distancing. The law enforcement agencies are in full force to enforce the WHO protocol and national guidelines which remain mandatory. The opening of some places attracting multitudes such as casinos will be deferred until the consequences of the recent relaxation of lockdown measures have been fully assessed.”

The warning was followed up by a warning from the Zimbabwe Republic Police who have promised to step up their enforcement.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said there will be action from police.
“The ZRP has noted with great concern an increase in the number of people being arrested for failure to wear face masks countrywide since the relaxation of strict lockdown measures by the Government.
“A total of 1 186 people were arrested on March 1, 2021 alone while 1 965 others on March 2, 2021 and 2 122 on March 3, 2021. Members of the public are advised to observe all health and safety protocols aimed at reducing the spread of the deadly Covid-19,” he said.

Zimbabwe relaxed lockdown regulations recently and some are interpreting the leniency by authorities as a sign that Covid-19 is over.

Experts are warning of a third wave and if enforcement is not treated with the seriousness it deserves, stricter lockdowns may return.