By Staff Reporter
POLICE have reversed their ban on the sale of alcohol by supermarkets and bottlestores during the current 21-day lockdown period aimed at minimising the spread of coronavirus in the country.
In a statement Friday, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said supermarkets and registered bottle stores were now allowed to continue selling beer on condition the alcohol was taken away from the premises.
Police of Thursday announced a ban on the sale of alcohol during the lockdown period declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to avoid the pandemic.
The ban, according to police, came on realisation that drinkers 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,” police had said.