Bfn CBD still a hive of activity

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Police officers and  vehicles have been spotted roaming the streets. Even stopping and checking permits. PHOTOS: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN
In spite of the national lockdown that came into effect at midnight last night, residents in Bloemfontein are still flocking to the shops for essentials.
While regulations state that people should be walking alone, Bloemfontein Courant’s reporters on the ground have observed that some are walking in pairs and even in groups.
Police officers and  vehicles have been spotted roaming the streets. Even stopping and checking permits.
There is a queue outside the Middestad Centre with residents waiting to get essentials.
Downtown CBD is very busy. People are driving around and doing shopping.
Many people are gathered at the Department of Labour offices, with only a few being let in at a time.
There is a queue outside the Middestad Centre with residents waiting to get essentials from Shoprite and Clicks. Not a lot of social distancing is being applied though.  Shoppers are given squirts of hand sanitizer before entering the centre.
Residents complain about a lack of taxi’s.
Cabs are picking up some shoppers even though it was communicated that they would stop working at 9 am.
A irate resident who spoke to Courant on condition of anonymity, asked why the government said they could come shop if there is no transport to take them home.
“Our food is now going to rot while we sit here and wait till 4. They should have let us rather just stay at home as taxis are still bringing in people and not making us aware that they cant take us back home. The police chased all the taxis away,” said the resident.
Another resident said he could call a friend to pick him up, but the friend will need a permit to come from his home. – Seithati Semenokane
seithati@centralmediagroup.co.za