This comes after a statement was issued by the National Police Service on Wednesday evening saying that the joints are supposed to be closed by 7pm.
“Following the vacation of the COVID associated curfew by H.E the President during MASHUJAA Day speech, existing measures on closure of bars by 7.00pm remain in place for now. Enforcement of violation of this measure to continue,” part of the NPS statement read.
CS Kagwe however said that the bars and restaurants will be allowed to operate until 11 pm.
Through a statement on Thursday October 21, Kagwe also said that the operation time for the joints will be determined by the licensing board.
“The Head of State gave a roadmap on the way forward as we continue to battle the pandemic in the country, however, there have been a few issues raised by Kenyans and journalists that you wanted clarified. With the removal of curfew we are reverting to closure of bars and restaurants at 11:00 pm or the time allowed by licensing authorities. Protocols on handwashing, social distancing and sanitizing, however, remain in force,” Kagwe stated.
He further urged Kenyans to continue observing other measures that are in place to curb the spread of Corona Virus.
“Let’s ensure that we behave responsibly using the lessons we’ve learnt so far… I’ve lately noticed that people are beginning to stretch their hands while greeting. Don’t take it, tell them ‘yatosha’ because that is the beginning of indiscipline! We have not reverted to any form of physical contact… and let’s please keep our masks on and let’s keep sanitizing,” Kagwe said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the vacation of the 10pm-4 am curfew that has been in place since March 27, 2020 during the Mashujaa Day Celebrations.
Scores of bar owners and revellers were arrested from entertainment joints in Mombasa for contravening Covid-19 health protocols, hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta vacated the curfew.
Mombasa County Bar Owners Association Secretary Kennedy Mumbo said 40 people who were arrested were enjoying their drinks in different nightclubs.
“The president’s order was interpreted to mean all economic activities like clubbing would resume. We were surprised to see the police arresting people from clubs,” said Mr Mumbo.
Meanwhile, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir said he will withdraw the motion he had tabled in Parliament seeking to compel the government to lift the curfew.
He called on Kenyans to play their part in containing the spread of the virus.
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