President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday announced strict lockdown regulations including a 6 PM to 6 AM curfew effective on Wednesday.
While Harare CBD was practically empty by 6:30 yesterday, a lot of activity was still witnessed in suburbs as people try to adjust to the new conditions.
There was pandemonium at Harare Market Square as people jostled to get out of town at around 3 PM with commuters outweighing the number of buses to ferry them home.
Many blamed government for lack of planning citing shortages of transport but police were adamant that essential service providers only should be in town.
In a televised national address on Tuesday at State House, President Mnangagwa said his Government is compelled to implement measures to protect citizens from the ever-increasing threat posed by Covid-19.
He said the country needs to suspend some of the liberties that citizens have been accustomed to, to effectively fight the global pandemic.
“Accordingly, Government has decided on the following measures which take full effect from tomorrow, Wednesday 22 July 2020, until further review and notice: All non-working sections of our population will be required to stay at home; except for purposes of securing food, water and health services.”