The government has reiterated that intercity travel is banned stating specifically that even Chitungwiza to Harare and Norton to Harare travels are prohibited under Level 4 Lockdown. News Flash presents a statement issued by Information Secretary Nick Mangwana to the above effect.
BAN ON INTERCITY TRAVEL UNDER EXTENDED LEVEL 4 LOCKDOWN
Government has noted with concern that in spite of the ban on intercity travel some People are still travelling between cities for various non-essential reasons This has resulted in a worrying surge in Covid-19 cases in the country. The public is reminded that under the extended Level 4 Lockdown announced by His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 13 July 2021, intercity travel is prohibited.
Statutory Instrument 198 of 2021 defines intercity travel as travel ‘between any cities or between municipalities or towns established or deemed to have been established in terms of the Urban Councils Act.” It does not include travel ‘between an area under the jurisdiction of a local board and a city, municipality or town that is within the same council area as the local board.’
As an example. movement between Chitungwiza and Harare or Norton and Harare is considered intercity travel and therefore prohibited.
Accordingly, law enforcement agents will be ensuring that intercity travel will only be permitted for those providing an essential service or travelling for a humanitarian reason such as seeking medical treatment Proof of provision of essential service may be requested at Police checkpoints.
Regarding intra-city travel (movement within a city), members of the public are urged to only leave their homes if they are gang to provide an essential service going to businesses permitted to operate under Level 4 or seeking food or medication within a 5km radius.
Measures including but not limited to Police checkpoints will be intensified to ensure that members of the public comply with the measures.