POLICE in the resort town of Victoria Falls on Sunday arrested tourists from France and German who entered the Victoria Falls rainforest illegally despite the 21-day national lockdown which placed all the country’s tourism hotspots barred from public access.
The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks), which manages the resorts in the country, confirmed the arrest yesterday.
“Two foreigners have been arrested in Vic Falls for illegally entering the rainforest.
“ZimParks confirmed that the two are from Germany and France. The Authority encouraged tourists to stay home and visit tomorrow amid the #Covid_19 pandemic,” ZimParks spokesperson Mr. Tinashe Farawo said.
2 foreigners from Germany & France have been arrested in Vic Falls for illegally entering rainforest. @Zimparks encourages tourists to stay home & visit tomorrow. @HeraldZimbabwe @DailyNewsZim @StarFMNews @NewsDayZimbabwe
— Tinashe Farawo (@FarawoTinashe) April 12, 2020
‘Visit tomorrow’ is a metaphor used in the tourism industry to imply ‘visit next time when it’s safe to do so.’
It was not immediately clear where the tourists were coming from, as Zimbabwe has been under lockdown since 30th March.
With the 21-day lockdown set to end on 19th April, subject to review, Zimbabwe has so far recorded 14 cases of COVID-19, including three deaths.
– Zimbabwe Voice