Wearing masks in public places is now legally required in terms of new public health regulations gazetted on Saturday and those who fail to wear them when they leave home can be arrested.
But the masks can be improvised in terms of the regulations.
Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said it was mandatory to wear masks.
He said masks could be anything from doeks to anything that could be used for purposes of being a barrier from the nose and mouth to the direct world.
“We also want to see and encourage small business people coming up with their own businesses and making masks at home. We want the country to be able to be self-sustainable in terms of masks in the public,” he said.
Explaining the new requirement, the minister said: “Every time you leave home, you have to don that mask without fail because we want to reduce the infection. That is the whole purpose. We are doing it in two ways; staying indoors or you don’t go out. When you do go out you must reduce the chances of getting infected so you have to wear the mask.
“We are encouraging all the supermarkets or wherever in the industry to make sure that you do not serve people who do not wear masks. We don’t like a situation where supermarkets end up with hundreds of people inside so they have to control the people who come in,” said Dr Moyo. (TheHerald)