Govt bans selling of alcohol during lockdown period

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By Ndatenda Njanike

GOVERNMENT has banned the sale of alcohol by bottle stores and supermarkets during the current 21-day period declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi announced the ban Thursday.

The ban comes after realisation that people were violating the lockdown directive through buying alcohol from bottle stores and supermarkets to go and drink in groups, in the process defying the social distancing requirement that has been encouraged by authorities.

“The lockdown measures were clearly stated and in light of ensuring that we fight Covid-19, there will be no sale of alcohol at any point in places like bottle stores and supermarkets.

“This comes as we have realised that people who buy alcohol at supermarkets are giving us challenges. They buy and drink as groups, be it either in their vehicles or places of residence thereby defying social distancing.”

Police will take full action on those who defy the ban and will be visible on the ground throughout the lockdown, Nyathi said.

“Action will be taken on all those who will defy the order and sell alcohol at any bases. The police have started to take full action and will be visible on the ground throughout the lockdown.”