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New Year’s Eve: Police ban all-night prayers, crossovers


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Police have banned all-night prayers, cross-over sermons and other traditional night church gatherings often associated with the end of year and ushering in of a new one.

Zimbabwe is currently under Level 2 lockdown with a curfew that starts 9pm ending at 6am the following morning.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the police would be out in full force to enforce the lockdown regulations.

“People know that we have a curfew running from 9pm to 6pm, which means no gathering is allowed after 9pm.


“Police will therefore enforce the curfew order and anyone who violates it risks being arrested. There are no all-night prayers, all night gatherings, crossover sermons that will be allowed this year,” he said.

Nyathi also reminded churches to abide by both national and World Health Organisation Covid-19 preventive protocols during their routine sermons.

“Churches should also take Covid-19 preventive measures such as sanitisation when people enter the church, wearing of facemasks and social distancing. Churches mustn’t disregard these safety regulations.

“People mustn’t get over excited and the WHO has made it clear that they should not engage in activities that are super spreaders of the pandemic. They must limit their travels and stay at home.”



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