Shut down businesses flouting lockdown regulations’

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CONFEDERATION of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) president Denford Mutashu has urged law enforcement agencies to shut down all businesses that are failing to comply with lockdown regulations put in place to curb the spread of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

This comes after the government introduced strict lockdown measures, which allowed only essential business to operate from 8:am and close at 3:pm.

“Customers are urged to do their shopping within the stipulated times and avoid piling pressure to shops at closing times. The law enforcement agencies are urged to close indefinitely all shops that are not complying with the restrictions. This should extend to those using fake exemption letters,” Mutashu said in a statement.

Zimbabwe has been recording a high number of new infections and deaths, sending officials into panic mode, forcing them to find new ways to tame the spread of the deadly virus.

Mutashu said a CZR survey showed that a number of businesses were complying with the lockdown regulations.

“In a snap survey carried out by the sector since the beginning of the lockdown, most shops have made sure that the proper wearing of masks is compulsory to employees and customers. Most retail outlets and wholesales have ensured that customer traffic into shops is limited to promote social distancing while canteen chairs were reduced and spaced in the process,” Mutashu said.

“Temperature checks at entrances are now mandatory with most retailers putting screen guards at till points to reduce till operators’ direct interface with the customers. This has seen each serving area with a sanitiser which till operators use to sanitise their hands constantly after handling cash and customer swipe cards.”

He said law enforcement agencies and government through relevant ministries, such as the Industry and Commerce ministry and the Health ministry, had also remained vigilant across the country making sure Covid-19 regulations are being followed.


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