In the latest development, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has given Zimbabweans a reason to cheer up after reviewing curfew and business operating hours.
Mnangagwa also delivered good news for public transport users.
Zimbabwe’s President announced the 6 PM to 6 AM curfew in July as one of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
ZiMetro News has learned that the curfew hours have been reviewed from 6 PM to 6 AM and will now start at 8 PM and end at 6 AM.
The review of the curfew hours comes after business closing hours were moved from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Public transport users have also been given a ray of hope with the Government announcing there will be a dedicated lane for public transport on roads to minimize delays.
In its post-Cabinet statement today, Government said:
Having noted the plight of the public and the need to lessen the risk of contracting COVID-19, Cabinet directed as follows: (a) that the business hours which were ending at 15:00 hours be revisited to end at 1630 hours and the curfew to be extended to 2000 hours; (b) that Public transport drivers undergo regular COVID-19 PCR tests and (c) that public transport buses be allowed a dedicated lane at roadblocks to expedite their passage.
Life for a number of commuting Zimbabweans has not been pleasant since the imposition of the dusk to dawn curfew last month.
There have been reports that commuters were forced to walk from Harare’s central business district to areas as far as Chitungwiza in fear of law enforcement officers.
There were also reports that citizens were allegedly assaulted for violating curfew regulations.
One man was beaten by soldiers in Mabvuku for violating the curfew after he failed to find transport to take him back home in time.
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