Gov’t to revoke licences of bars serving alcohol against COVID-19 rules

Gov't to revoke licences of bars serving alcohol against COVID-19 rules
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses the press on the state of COVID-19 on June 7, 2020.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday warned that bars and establishments serving alcohol against the government regulations on curbing the spread of COVID-19 risk having their licences revoked permanently.

The CS sought to condemn rising reports of cases of Kenyans being found drinking and partying in various joints across the city in groups without as much as social distancing.

According to CS Kagwe, who spoke during the daily briefings at Afya House in Nairobi, most of these establishments have majorly been narrowed down to Westlands and Kilimani areas in Nairobi.

He further, on a lighter note, pointed out an alleged order in bars that revelers have since christened the ‘Kagwe special’ following his address on May 5, 2020 in which he spoke about alcohol lovers hopping from one restaurant to another taking “one sausage and two beers.”

“Let me reiterate that the directive that closed down bars that sell alcohol has also not been lifted; because there have been those who have been saying that they’re now free to start partaking of some of these things, some of them even saying that they’re now free to order one ‘Kagwe’ special’,” he said.

“And we have also noted that various facilities opening for business and selling alcohol are on the increase particularly in some estates in Nairobi; Westlands, Kilimani areas. I would like to propose to the owners of those places to very quickly follow the directives that we have given.”

He further added: “Otherwise if you are caught selling alcohol or opening a bar, your licence is likely to be withdrawn permanently without any possibility of reopening again.”

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