‘You can go get drunk now’! Uhuru opens bars, extends Covid-19 curfew for two months

President Uhuru Kenyatta at the 12  Presidential Address on the Covid-19 Pandemic on Monday, September 28, 2020 at KICC / PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced bars will now be opened but extended the national curfew by two months.

The curfew hours have, however, been reduced to 11pm to 4am from 9pm-4am.

“The prohibition against the operation of bars, and the sale of alcoholic drinks by ordinary restaurants and eateries shall stand vacated from the September 29. Mnaweza kukunywa pombe sasa (you can now drink alcohol now),” Uhuru said on Monday during the national Covid-19 conference at KICC.

Uhuru noted that the country’s positivity rate has fallen from 13 per cent in June to seven in August and now stands at 4.4 per cent.

Uhuru also announced that church services, weddings and funerals could have a maximum of 200 people, up from 100.

“As we head into a new normal, we are even faced with a greater paradox as to whether the curve is flattening or not,” he said.

He, however, said schools would not yet reopen until it is established it’s safe to do so.

Uhuru extends nationwide curfew for 30 more days, bans alcohol sale in eateries

On July 27, President Kenyatta extended the nationwide curfew for another 30 days and further ordered that restaurants and eateries would not to sell alcohol.

Speaking at State House, Nairobi, Uhuru said bars would remain closed until further notice and ordered the Inspector General of Police to issue weekly reports to ensure compliance.

“That the Inspector General of Police shall cause withdrawal of all licenses for bars operating in breach of this directive and those withdrawals shall be permanent,” Uhuru said.

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