On July 27, 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta gave is 10 address to the nation on the status of the country in terms of the fight against Covid-19.
In the much-anticipated speech, the Head of State banned the sale of alcohol in all eateries and restaurants across the country for the next 30 days.
At the same time, the President reduced the operating time for both eateries and restaurants from 8 pm to 7 pm while directing the police to ensure that the directive is observed.
Bars across the country will remain closed indefinitely. All bars that will be found operating will have their licenses permanently revoked and owners arrested.
The President has directed the Inspector General of Police to ensure that bars found breaking the directive are closed and the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Dr. Fred Matiang’i is informed.
The President, however, did not touch on those who sell alcohol in wines and spirits outlets. This means that they will be allowed to continue selling alcohol to Kenyans who will want to take it from their homes.
The move by the President to ban the sale of alcohol in eateries and restaurants also means that wines and spirits outlets will be smiling all the way to the bank as Kenyans will be flooding them to buy something to drink.
Wines and spirits are one of the most popular and most lucrative businesses across the country. These are small and average shops that sell alcohol to customers on a takeaway basis.
During the 10th address, President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the nationwide curfew for the next 30 days. The curfew hours of 9 pm to 5 am will still be in place.
The police have also been directed to ensure that Kenyans avoid gatherings that are in contravention of the guidelines by the Ministry of Health, especially during funerals. Only 15 people are allowed to attend a funeral.