The sale of alcohol by prohibited beer outlets continues unabated, as the Government warns of serious Covid-19 repercussions.
An H-Metro investigation of bottle stores and bars selling alcohol to imbibers established an unrelenting defiance of the Government’s directive to halt the sale of alcoholic beverages to curb the spread of the virus.
Many essential services and permitted operations, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, close at 3pm but drinkers are seen roaming past the 6pm curfew time.
Enforcement of the current extended health curfew of 6pm to 6am under the level four national lockdown is also being met with resistance from shebeens which have surprisingly sprouted in low density areas.
Operators continue to sell beer to thirsty imbibers, branded as “Covidiots” through concealed openings despite police operations to arrest.
In an interview, Health and Child Care deputy minister, Dr John Mangwiro, said it is a crime to be selling alcohol during the Covid-19 pandemic phase.
“A time to drink alcohol will come, but this Covid-19 phase is not the time.
“A lot of complications come with drinking beer, like lung aspiration, a condition in which vomit or alcohol is breathed into the airwaves.
“This will cause immuno suppression and you easily get infected by Covid-19 virus.
“We urge people to report these imbibers to the police because they’re super spreaders of the pandemic.
“We urge people to be responsible in these hard times when the Government is fighting the pandemic. “They obviously drink with their masks o , shaking hands and all and they go to their families, a sad scenario,” he said.