Zimbabwe’s Home Affairs minister, Kazembe Kazembe, Wednesday announced that festive season parties are prohibited in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
He made the remarks while officially launching the 2020 Festive Season Awareness Campaign at a joint press conference where he urged citizens to mark this year’s holidays responsibly to avoid loss of lives. He said:
We are not yet out of the Covid-19 woes but the country is in the second wave of the virus. Parties will not be permissible during the festive season.
However, weddings will be allowed but still with limited numbers. Police will be out in full force to enforce Covid-19 regulations and to make sure that they are being followed.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister, Joel Biggie Matiza warned motorists who are not registered with the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) from ferrying passengers saying there will be consequences. He warned:
All the motorists including kombis ferrying people without being registered with ZUPCO, you have been warned.
Police and VID will be on the roads with roadblocks 24/7 to make sure that no mistake is made including checking if vehicle papers are up to date and if the vehicle parts are functioning well.
This year’s festive holidays will be different considering the coronavirus regulations which regulate how the public gathers and the number allowed to assemble.
Moreover, it will be difficult to travel as ZUPCO buses and commuter omnibuses are already overwhelmed by the demand.