“Generally, there has been compliance. Almost all parts of the country complied with the directive, save for just a few areas where people did not observe the call.“There were also some people who did not observe social distancing, with some planning to hold house parties. We discourage that.“As of now, no arrests have been made … We are, however, worried about some youngsters who are driving around in cars, against the directive to stay at home,” Nyathi told the Daily News.“We urge parents to ensure that their children are discouraged from driving around, and that they stay at home,” he added.
High density areas were also unusually quiet yesterday, as most residents there stayed indoors.
In Epworth, a few vendors had set up their stalls, while the majority stayed away. In the capital city’s northern suburbs, people stayed in their homes.
It was the same story in Mt Pleasant, Helensvale, and Chisipite.
At the generally busy Makoni Shopping Centre, commuter omnibuses and their crew were conspicuous by their absence, as only Zupco and Public Service Commission buses ferried the few essential workers who needed to travel to Harare.
“My brother, I cannot stay at home because if I do that I will starve … I am here to service those who need pressure and to have their tyres mended,” he said between long puffs of his cigarette.
Charles Mhlanga, a Sakubva resident, said a few locals were going about their social engagements like any other day.
“Some people are going about their business as if nothing is amiss. These families are visiting each other and this kind of ignorance could prove fatal in the coming weeks,” he warned.
At Entumbane complex, many people came out in their numbers to gather by the shops after reports surfaced that mealie-meal was likely to be delivered.
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