Bar owners appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to reopen pubs and restaurants citing massive losses since their closure. Uhuru is expected to issue his state address on Thursday August 27 upon the expiry of the 30-day period of the Covid-19 containment measures. Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) Executive officer Eunice Annam urged the president to reopen the businesses.
“We really urge the government to open up bars, there are some protocols that the ministry of health had issued for us to reopen which we complied with but we were shocked by the decision to close,” she explained. Uhuru ordered the closure of bars on Monday July 27 and fired a warning to everyone found in breach on the directive.
Covid-19 cases in the country have been on a steady decline with the country recording 193 cases on Monday August 24. However Health CAS Rashid Aman cites that the drop was tied due to shortage in testing reagents. The executive officer regretted about the misery that they have undergone during this Covid-19 pandemic as they have heavily undergone loss and have been unable to pay bills.
However one Kenyan man remarked that “Sale of beer and alcoholic drinks should be regarded as an illegality……Many homes have been lost, many youths have died, many evils have been nurtured within drinking dens …..There cannot be a God fearing nation with one foot in hell and the other one in heaven.”