Western Kenya Bar owners are now pleading with the government to review the health protocols imposed on the thirteen Lake Basin counti.es.
Citing a reduced number of Covid 19 infections and fatalities.
The counties are Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega and Bungoma, Kericho, Bomet, Trans Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay, and Migori.
Stringent measures including a 7 pm to 4 am curfew, suspension of all public gatherings, in-person.
And non-food markets were imposed after the region recorded a record high of 60% of the country’s new infections.
And more than double the average positivity rate.
Bar Hotels Liquor Traders Association of Kenya (BAHLITA)Secretary-General Boniface Gachoka Says they believe Covid 19 infection rates have reduced enough to allow a resumption of operating hours along with the rest of the country.
The association also wants their members and establishments added more working hours and allowed to close at 9 PM instead of the 7 PM that is currently in practice.Gachoka said.
Further, he has noted the increase in the incidents of counterfeit and illicit alcohol in the country.
Citing it could derail their attempts to get back into the business.
First, more people are now taking spirits and other distilled alcohol as well as traditional liquor due to the closure of bars and the reduction of drinking hours, and unscrupulous manufacturers have then seen an opportunity.said Gachoka.
Twenty-three county governments have waived license fees for bars and bar owners now want the other 24 devolved governments to follow suit To cushion bars in the country.