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State extends bars, restaurants operating hours

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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (centre) briefs media on the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine to counties outside the offices of the Council of Governors on March 10, 2021. NMG PHOTO

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Summary

  • The state has extended the operating hours in bars and restaurants offering a major relief to pub operators who have been pushing the state to lift the restrictions.
  • Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Thursday that bars and restaurants will now close at 11pm but must observe strict guidelines such as wearing face masks.

The State has extended the operating hours for bars and restaurants from next week, offering a major relief to operators who have been pushing the state to lift the restrictions.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Thursday that pubs and eateries will be allowed to close at 11 pm, but must observe strict health guidelines such as social distancing and sanitising.

Bars in the country have been operating from 5 pm up to 7 pm while restaurants have been running from 8 am up to 9 pm.

The new measures were announced a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the nationwide curfew, which has been in place since March last year to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“With the removal of curfew hours, we are reverting to the closure of bars and restaurants at 11 pm or the time allowed by the licensing authorities.

“Protocols on handwashing, social distancing, and sanitising however remains in force,” CS Kagwe said.