President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 1 March 2021, relaxed the COVID-19 lockdown in the country thereby opening more space for economic activities, but strongly adhering to preventive measures laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO), however, there is a notable development where people are breaking these measures in the form of unjustified gatherings.
Addressing members of the media after the fifth session of Cabinet on 9 March 2021, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa expressed Cabinet’s concern over that development where people were just gathering disregarding the laid preventive measures.
“Cabinet notes with great concern the increased number of people milling around the Central Business Districts and other public places, often without regard to masking and social distancing,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
In order to make sure that the laid down preventive measures remain in force, Cabinet saw it fit to urge law enforcement agencies to step in and enforce the measures. Those places which frequented by a lot of people will remain closed.
“The law enforcement agencies are in full force to enforce the WHO protocol and national guidelines which remain mandatory.
“Cabinet wishes to report that the opening of some public places attracting multitudes, such as casinos will be deferred until the consequences of the recent relaxation of lockdown measures have been fully assessed,” said the Information Minister.
When President Mnangagwa announced the easing of the lockdown, he emphasised on the wearing of masks, washing of hands or use of hand sanitisers in public areas remained mandatory as these had worked to help tame infection rates.