Revellers defiant. . . as police swoop on pubs

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HANGOUTS were over the weekend still recording huge crowds with people enjoying booze and braai despite the ban on public gatherings owing to the threat of coronavirus (Covid-19).

This comes as Zimbabwe has recorded two confirmed cases of the deadly disease.
The government last week issued a ban on public gatherings of more than 100 people to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

It was still business as usual at a number of places such as Hillside Shopping Centre (PaHuku) and Zindoga with people flocking the areas for hangout.

On Friday, the police reportedly swooped on some public places dispersing the gatherings, enforcing the government stance in curbing the virus.

National police spokesperson Paul Nyathi — responding to Friday reports — said they are conducting patrols to enforce the ban.

People were dispersed at places such as Newlands Shopping Centre, Warren Park and Kuwadzana among other areas.

“This is not about beerhalls only, we are conducting patrols to ensure that people are complying with the ban,” Nyathi said.

The popular Pahuku in Hillside had the cashier covered with a mask and latex gloves to protect himself from the virus.

Last week, popular upmarket clubs announced they would abide by the ban on public gatherings and that they have upped the stance on hygiene.

While pubs in some countries are being closed, here they said they will be abiding by safety rules introduced by government, minimising gatherings of over 100 people.

Entertainers, on the other hand, seemed to have heeded the call by cancelling their events.
Dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu on Friday had to cancel his show that was scheduled for Theatre in The Park, following the stance that had been taken by other entertainers among them Alick Macheso and Selmor Mtukudzi.


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