'Hungry' Bulawayo Residents Ignore Stay At Home Order
Bulawayo residents are increasing defying the national lockdown restrictions as hunger forces them back onto the streets and into the Central Business District (CBD) to make ends meets.
A survey carried out by NewZimbabwe.com in Bulawayo’s CBD on Tuesday revealed that the situation resembled an almost normal working day.
Besides supermarkets which are considered an essential service, some non-food selling shops, such as photocopier operators and hair salons, were open.
A money changer who refused to reveal his identity told the publication that he cannot stay at home as he has to feed his family and pay monthly rentals. He said:
I need to feed my family brother. I cannot stay at home for more than three weeks without coming to work. Right now my landlord is demanding her rent and I need to raise that rent.
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People without exemption letters are reportedly getting onto town by disembarking from ZUPCO buses before the roadblocks and walk into town, thus evading the soldiers and police checkpoints.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Sunday announced the extension of a 21-day COVID-19 lockdown by another two weeks as the country tries to curb the spread of COVID-19, the deadly illness caused the novel coronavirus.