Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga says all security forces will intensify the enforcement of lockdown measures designed to protect people from Covid-19.

Addressing the media on Friday, Matanga said his office has directed police commanders to ensure that patrols, roadblocks, checkpoints and awareness campaigns are intensified in all provinces for the security, safety and health of Zimbabweans.

He said citizens were reminded to be home by 6pm, adding that there will be no excuses for non-compliance, except for those who will be providing essential services.

He said people should take note that public gatherings for social activities remain banned as announced by Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Matanga said members of the public who defy lockdown regulations will face charges of contravention of Section 17 (4) of statutory instrument 124 of 2020 as read with statutory instrument 83 of 2020, fail to observe the lockdown curfew.

Matanga said Commuter omnibus operators, bottle stores, shebeen operators and anyone else who violates the regulations will be arrested.