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After limiting the opening hours due to COVID-19, the Government has now allowed sites to open 24 hours.

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Gas stations in Zimbabwe will be able to operate open 24 hours a day in an effort to tackle fuel shortages in the African country.

In a statement, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the national taskforce on Covid-19 agreed that service stations must not be treated like other businesses and would not be limited by lockdown measures.

"Following reports on erratic hours of operation by some fuel retail outlets, the Attorney General has clarified that fuel retail outlets are classified as an essential service under the lockdown regulations. As such, retail outlets are allowed to conduct trade during their normal hours of operation. Their hours of operation are not confined to 8am to 4.30pm which applies to some other exempted categories of business," the statement reads.

Zimbabwe's fuel prices will go up by as much as 152% on Wednesday, the energy regulator said, after the government removed a fixed exchange rate in place since March.

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