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Need Free Beer? Get Vaccinated, Say Bar Operators

Bars and restaurants operators have offered free beer to anyone who is willing to take theCovid-19 jab inside their bars.

According to Bars, Hotels and Liquor Traders Association (BAHLITA) and Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK), Kenya is far from attaining the required percentage of vaccinated population to fully open up.

Other organisations represented at the meeting were Bodaboda Association of Kenya and Digital Taxi Operators of Kenya.

Addressing the media in Nairobi today, the traders hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta, calling him their hero, for opening up the country on Mashujaa Day, terming it the first step towards attaining economic prosperity.

They said they had offered to act as vaccination centres for free, asking the Ministry of Health to partner with them by availing medical staff to administer the jab to willing patrons.

“We encourage the Ministry of Health to partner with bars and restaurants and consider using these establishments as vaccination centres from time to time,” said Frank Mbogo, BAHLITA Nairobi branch chairman.

BAHLITA National Chairman Simon Njoroge stressed the need for operators to strictly continue observing laid down Covid-19 prevention protocols “so that the sector can remain open and we don’t witness a surge in infections.”

Mr Njoroge also asked the Ministry of Interior to roll out a Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) to crack down on illicit and counterfeit alcohol trade, saying it thrived during the height of the pandemic.

On his part, BAHLITA Secretary General Boniface Gachoka disclosed that a partnership with some financial institutions to offer convenient, flexible loans to their members to assist in operation and compliance was in the offing.

 

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