Zimbabweans are exchanging masks for them to be allowed access into supermarkets.
“TM Hyper are saying No mask No entry The bad part is now people are exchanging masks just to gain access to the shop. Ayas Zimbabwe ma1,” said Busisa Moyo, Chairperson of the Zimbabwe International Trade fair.
Reports coming from Bulawayo say people are repeatedly borrowing each other face masks just to be allowed to enter the huge supermarkets in town to buy food.
TM is one of the shops demanding that everyone entering their shop should be wearing a face mask, if you dont have it, you are denied entry. This has seen desperate people hiring used face masks from greedy people outside the shops, just to get in and buy groceries. This is a disaster in making, its unhygienic, dirty and dangerous.
I believe people with or without face masks should be allowed to get into the shops to buy grocery as long as there is a limited number of shoppers at any given time. Practice social distancing, put some order and control people while shopping. Our people should also use home made masks which should be washed after every use and only used when going to places with crowds. There is no reason to wear face mask at your home, only when mingling with other people outside.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is believed to primarily pass from person to person through respiratory droplets and contaminated surfaces, so properly used face masks (which cannot be shared) can act as a barrier to help prevent its spread. Any used mask is already contaminated and why would someone use it without disinfecting it? The best practice would be single-use. Washing your hands, staying home, not touching your face and regularly cleaning surfaces in your home that other hands touch are other critical preventative measures. Please stay safe #COVID-19