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Bars closed at the Coast for violating Covid-19 rules

Dante Mwandawiro
Written by Dante Mwandawiro

More than 10 clubs in the Coast have been shut down for flouting the Ministry of Health guidelines that seek to combat the spread of Covid-19. Coast Regional Coordinator John Elungata said that since the beginning of November, police have been conducting raids to ensure all clubs adhere to Covid-19 protocols.

“The clubs that have been shut were found to be operating past curfew hours, customers not wearing masks as well as not maintaining social distancing. The second wave is here, cases of coronavirus are on the rise, hospitals are overwhelmed with patients and we need to adhere to the restrictions,” said Mr Elungata.

The regional coordinator warned club operators against playing cat and mouse games with police.

“We are aware that some of the club operators lock customers inside,” he said.

He added that they have also arrested between 300 and 500 people in the region who were not observing Covid-19 protocols.

“We need to take the war against the pandemic as an individual responsibility. The people we arrested were taken to a police station where they were released after paying a cash bail. The law does not provide for a person to be given bail in the streets, all those arrested for flouting the protocols will be taken to the police station,” said Mr. Elungata.