In news that brings as a sigh of relief to imbibers, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has reversed its decision to ban alcohol sales at all retail outlets countrywide.
Zim247 has just been informed that as with immediate effect supermarkets and registered bottle stores can now continue selling beer on condition that it is not consumed in public.
In a statement viewed by state-media, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the development and warned imbibers against drinking in groups.
This comes barely 24 hours after police announced the ban. Earlier on, Zim247 reported that police banned the sale of alcoholic beverages at all retail outlets nationwide in a desperate bid to enforce the 21-day national lockdown which started on Monday.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared the national lockdown last week as a drastic measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Citing reasons for the ban, Asst Comm Nyathi claimed that the imbibers were defying social distancing measures.
‘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 realized 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.
‘Action will be taken on all those who will defy the order and sell alcohol at any bases. The police today (yesterday) started to take full action and will be visible on the ground throughout the lockdown,’ said Asst Comm Nyathi.
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