The Norton Town Council (NTC) has brought in the assistance of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to enforce a ban of public assemblage, vending and decongestion of public spaces as it seeks to avert the spread of Coronavirus.
The operation, which is set to start today, will see members of the police going around dispersing people from congested areas.
These include areas such as Katanga Shopping Centre and Speed.
Katanga is one of the bustling business areas in Norton but the situation provides fertile ground for the spreading of Coronavirus.
In a statement the legislator for Norton, Temba Mliswa urged the community to cooperate with the authorities.
“They will be a Norton Town Council operation set for tomorrow (which) is aimed at fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.
“The authorities are requesting that all vendors and traders suspend their business and community members are urged to reduce their movement as we seek to maximize social distancing in order to avert the spreading of the pandemic.
“Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) shall be moving around decongesting certain areas within Norton such as Katanga Shopping Centre.
“We urge everyone to cooperate with the authorities as we work together towards the eradication of this scourge from our society”, he said.
Restriction of movement has continued to be a problem locally due to the highly informalised nature of Zimbabwe’s economy.
According to latest Zimstats figures 76% of Zimbabweans are employed in the informal sector.
Other countries such as South Africa Zimbabwe has three cases with one death due to the pandemic.