President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday July 27 imposed a ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and eateries nationwide for the next 30 days, effective midnight tonight.
In a state of the nation address from State House in Nairobi, the head of state stated that socialising in areas serving alcohol had become one of the greatest risk factors in our country as far as the fight against COVID-19 is concerned.
In order to enforce the ban, he directed Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to permanently withdraw licences for restaurants and eateries found serving alcohol.
As a result, all bars would remain closed until further notice.
He also adjusted the closing time for restaurants and eateries from 8pm to 7pm.
He issued a war cry to politicians and anyone irregardless of social status that neither of them would be spared by police officers if caught outside past curfew hours. This follows the arrest of Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja after he was caught at a lounge in Kilimani past curfew.
In addition he extended the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew for another 30 days.
The head of state said that the stringent measures are due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
He also urged Kenyans to continue observing measures laid down by the Ministry of Health as he noted that responsibility solely lies with the person.
On July 6, the president warned that he would not hesitate to resort back to lockdown.
Then, the head of state lifted the orders on cessation of movement in Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties but warned against laxity in the observance of the safety rules.
Movement in and out of hotspots like Nairobi has largely contributed to the rise of infections in other regions with over 40 counties now reporting Covid-19 cases.
The spike in positive cases has been witnessed in 44 out of the 47 counties.
A section of Kenyans expected the president to impose total lockdown in the capital city which leads in terms of Covid-19 cases.
While mourning the loss of 280 people to the virus, the president said that the government cannot police the morality of its people.
“The reckless action of people with false comfort are endangering the lives of others. Government cannot police the morality of its citizens. We need to hold each other accountable. If someone comes to your shop without a mask, you must insist that they wear one,” he urged.
“We are at war with an invisible enemy. Our victory will be to suffer minimal harm and loss and to shorten the length of this war. We must be realistic as friends, as colleagues, as neighbours.”
He also remembered Dr Adisa Lugaliki, the first healthcare worker in Kenya to succumb to COVID-19.