(Last Updated on April 1, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – Police have issued a stern warning to the public to observe various regulations including the extra Covid-19 measures put in place ahead of the Easter holidays.
In a statement, Police boss Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga said the recently announced extra measures will be enforced without fear or favour.
“As the nation commemorates the Easter holiday, the Zimbabwe Republic Police reminds members of the public that the Government’s Covid-19 regulations announced by His Excellency, Head of State and the Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa on 30 March 2021 will be enforced without fear or favour.
“The police will ensure that all visitors to the country will comply with the safety and health measures pronounced by President Mnangagwa. No movements to and from boarding schools by either parents or pupils will be allowed on police checks and roadblocks.
May I take this opportunity to warn bars and night club operators that they must religiously comply with the Government’s directive to remain closed. Anyone who disregards this directive will be dealt with in terms of the country’s laws,” Matanga said.
Matanga said those offering fake Covid-19 certificates will be dealt with while also cautioning the public to avoid unnecessary travelling.
“The public must note that social gatherings which include weddings, churches and funerals are still limited to a maximum number of 50 people, wearing of masks is still mandatory and the curfew order remains effective from 2200 hours to 0530 hours, the next morning.
“The issue of social distancing should be prioritised at all times. The ZRP urges all motorists and the general public to observe road rules and regulations and ensure that motor vehicles are roadworthy for carrying passengers and goods,” he added.
Police said they will be working closely with other stakeholders such as the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ)and Vehicle Examination Department (VED) through awareness campaigns and blitz on errant drivers to ensure the holidays are accident-free.
Matanga also advised the public to keep safe valuable property during this period.
Government announced extra measures to be adhered to during this Easter holiday period to try and curb the spread of Covid-19 as traffic and gatherings are expected to increase.