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Retailers hail lockdown relaxation

Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) welcomes the balanced review of the lockdown by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The lockdown was incepted in January 2021 as a measure to fight the novel pandemic Coronavirus and the assessed lockdown extension has eased business operations.

President Mnangagwa opened up the economy including the informal sector, as well as adjustment of curfew from 10 pm to 5:30 and letters of exemption are no longer required for movement.

“Industry to open with strict adherence to World Health Organisation set standards and National COVID-19 Guidelines such as the regular disinfection of premises, social distancing, hand sanitization and use of body temperatures checks at entrances,” said President Mnangagwa.

In a statement, Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers President Denford Mutashu said there is need for relevant ministries to be proactive and set out these guidelines and the fact that exemption letters are no longer required is a great move towards smoothened movement of services providers.

“Going forward there is need to operationalize a stimulus package for the informal sector and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who have been closed for a longtime as some used up their capital to keep them going during lockdown,” said Mutashu.

Since the inception of lockdown in January 2021, Zimbabwe has recorded a steady decrease in COVID-19 positive cases, fatalities and hospitalization.

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