Zimbabwe bans selling alcohol during lockdown


By Ismail Auwal

The Government of Zimbabwe has banned the sell of alcohol for the period of coronavirus lockdown.

The policy, government explained, is a measure necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi said, with exception of hotels, henceforth all bars and stores have been banned from selling alcohol.

He added that only hotels can sell alcohol to their residents during the lockdown which began on January 5.

“If there’s a bottle store in a supermarket it’s supposed to be closed,” Ziyambi instructed.

Other measures adopted to curtail the spread of the virus include a ban on all gatherings such as wedding ceremonies or religious services, with the exception of funerals, which are limited to 30 people.

Zimbabwe has recorded 19,660 positive cases of COVID-19 and 468 deaths.

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