The gates of the famed Victoria Falls have been closed to the public, the online edition of the Zimbabwean state-owned daily newspaper The Herald dated April 1, 2020 has reported.
This move is in line with the 21-day lockdown imposed upon Zimbabwe to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“The Falls are closed for now, but we take pride in that place as our prime destination and as soon as we are out of this coronavirus challenge, we know people will start coming to see the Falls, hence the need to market our tourism,” said Zimbabwe National Parks Public Relations Manager, Tinashe Farawo.
Victoria Falls National Park, which includes the Victoria Falls Rainforest as well as the Victoria Falls, closed on March 30, 2020.
Across the border, Zambia has also closed the gates to the Victoria Falls from April 1, 2020 until further notice, as a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of visitors to the Victoria Falls Rainforest drastically also necessitating the closure.