Retailers have welcomed the extension of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown business operating hours saying the move buttresses the gradual re-opening of the economy. The Covid-19 pandemic crushed many economies including Zimbabwe’s but the gradual relaxation of national lockdown shows light at the end of the tunnel.
Countries like Zimbabwe must ramp up their research facilities amongst most African nations so that decisions that are country tailor-made are made. On Tuesday, Government announced the extension of business operating hours from any time between 6.30 am to 6.30 pm to balance the economy and respond to the Covid-19 threat.
Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) president, Mr. Denford Mutashu, said his organization notes with appreciation cautious efforts by the Government to reboot the economy. “CZR applauds the Government on the extension of operating hours for businesses in line with the gradual relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions,” he said in an interview.
“The move implemented by the Government this week is in support of its plans to re-open the economy in a careful manner taking the Covid-19 pandemic into consideration, which is still in our midst.”
The Government through the ad-hoc inter-ministerial taskforce on Covid-19 has indicated that the country was yet to emerge from the woods in the fight against the global health crisis. It is interesting that in Zimbabwe, little Covid-19 related deaths were recorded and no one really knows if it was the Covid-19 that actually killed the people. Slowly the populace is abandoning strict Covid-19 regulations eg social distancing or consistent face masking as Zimbabweans to need continue their hustleprenuarship to earn a living.