THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi has warned imbibers that the drinking of alcohol in public places and even in their own vehicles is illegal and offenders will be arrested on sight.
The police statement comes as Vice President Constantino Chiwenga announced a stricter lockdown after a spike in Covid-19 cases as fears of a virulent third wave grow by the day.
“Patrols, blitz and monitoring will be done by Police to ensure that beer halls, bars and nightclubs remain closed. Bottle store owners should strictly observe the given operational time of 1000 hours to 1600 hours,” police said in a statement.
“In this regard, all those found drinking beer at bottle stores, inside vehicles and surrounding areas will be arrested. Restaurants and fast food outlets should observe the law and ensure that they only serve take-aways as pronounced by the Government. Only hotels and lodges are allowed to serve.”
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi also reminded the public that all gatherings have been banned except for funerals. He called on bereaved families to restrict the number of mourners to 30.
“The public should take note that the Police will ensure that all gatherings except funerals are banned and compliance is strictly adhered to. Mourners are implored to stick to the stipulated figure of 30 people and observe all COVID-19 protocols.”
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in China in December 2019, Zimbabwe has recorded over 1630 deaths. The first death came on 23 March 2020. ■