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Bar Owners risk losing Licenses for Violating Covid-19 Guidelines


Bar owners and eateries whose premises are serving alcoholic drinks  against the government regulations on curbing the spread of COVID-19 risk having their licences revoked permanently.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday condemned the rising cases of Kenyans  being found drinking and partying inside closed premises without the slightest adherence to the social distancing guidelines.

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.

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 Otherwise if you are caught selling alcohol or opening a bar, your licence is likely to be withdrawn permanently without any possibility of reopening again.”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

Kenya on Sunday confirmed a total of 167 new COVID-19 cases marking the highest number of infections recorded in a single day since the outbreak of the disease in the country.

The new cases, were from  2833 samples tested raising the total number of infections in the country to 2767.

At the same time 46 more patients were discharged raising the number of recoveries to 752 while the death toll rose to 84 after one more patient succumbed to the disease.