By Staff Reporter.
HARARE – The Drinkers Association of Zimbabwe is pleading for an audience with Government to formally re-open bars and nightclubs that have been closed since the advent of Covid-19 pandemic.
DAZ says while it fully upholds Government’s conserted efforts in fighting the pandemic there has been growing pressure from its members to negotiate for the reopening like what has been happening across other sectors.
Government this week reopened sports barely days after it also gave nod to restaurents to start operating normally.
DAZ president Mr Ivan Zhakata said if granted permission the drinkers would follow all the laid down World Health Organisation and Government health regulations on Covid-19.
“We assure the relevant authorities that will maintain social distancing, sanitise and also do temperature checks at all bars and night clubs,” he said.
Mr Zhakata said the closure of these essential premises was also leading to a high rise of domestic violence.
“We indeed love our beers some of our members are now being emotionally and physically harrased by their spouses at home and are shy to report such cases to the police.
“In solidarity with our members dotted around the country we are appealing to our listening Government to reopen these bars,” he said.
DAZ is a voluntary based organisation with its headquarters in Warren Park Suburb, Harare.