President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the indefinite closure of bars nationwide amid concerns that bars, entertainment joints and lounges have been operating in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.
During his address to the nation following a summit with the Council of Governors, the President directed the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to permanently withdraw licenses of bars that will violate the new directive.
“All bars shall remain closed until further notice. The Inspector General of Police shall withdraw all licenses for bars operating in breach of this directive and the withdraws shall be permanent,” the Head of State ordered.
The President also directed police officers not to spare anyone while implementing the COVID-19 guidelines, regardless of their social or political status.
“Forthwith, the IG shall ensure that his officers spare no mheshimiwa, no individual, regardless of social status or rank who is either out after curfew without being an essential worker or who flouts the health protocol that has been set out,” said Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta further amended the closing time of all restaurants from 9pm to 7pm.