Zambia Police Inspector-General Kakoma Kanganja has directed officers in Charge of Police Stations and Posts working in collaboration with the Local Authorities to devise measures of ensuring that all Bars, night clubs, Cinemas, Gyms and Casinos are as directed by republican President Edgar Lungu to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
In a statement released to the media, the Police Chief said that all Provincial Police Commissioners should ensure that they enforce this directive which will be in effect Thursday mid night, and that the directive is strictly adhered to without fail.
Mr Kanganja further said that Police Officers are all expected to intensify both foot and motorised patrols and ensure that regulations under the Statutory Instrument number 22 restricting public mass gatherings are enforced.
Mr Kanganja appealed to members of the public and the business community to cooperate with all relevant authorities who are working round the clock in an effort to avert the Corona Virus Pandemic and warned that all those that would want to deliberately ignore the directives or provisions of Law that they risk being arrested and charged accordingly.
Yesterday, President Lungu has announced a number of measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus which include reviewing of the issuance of VISA by the Immigration Department and Missions Abroad for people wanting to to travel to Zambia as well as to all ports of entry into the country for all travellers coming from countries affected by the pandemic.
He announced that travellers will be allowed into the country however upon screening those exhibit symptoms will be quarantined in a medical facility for treatment while all those travellers without symptoms will be quanta for 14 days at their own cost.
President Lungu further announced that government has suspended non essential foreign travel particularly to countries which have confirmed COVID-19 cases while Public Gatherings such as weddings, funerals and festivals are to be restricted to at least 50 people subject to them complying with public health Authority guidelines.
He said restaurants must operate only on a take away basis while all bars, Night Clubs, cinemas, gyms and casinos must close.
President Lungu said all international flights to and from Harry Mwanga Nkumbula, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Mfuwe International Airports are suspended instead.
He said all international flights are to land and depart from the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport to ensure efficient and effective screening of travellers as well as following them up beyond health authorities.
President Lungu said all the announced measures shall be effected from midnight Thursday 26th March 2020 and shall be observed for the initial period of 14 days.
He said the government shall constantly review the measures depending on how the pandemic evolves.