Governor Nyoro orders closure of wines and spirit shops in Kiambu
Kiambu governor James Nyoro has ordered for closure of all wines and spirits shops across the county by Friday, July 24.
The governor regretted that while the government has not lifted the ban on operation of bars, revellers have been crowding at the entertainment joints precipitating a spike in the spread of Covid-19.
In March, the State announced measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and among them closure of bars.
The governor lamented that overcrowding in bars brings to the fore the reckless behaviour of rogue people who continue to behave as if the county and the rest of the country are not in the midst of a health crisis.
Speaking in Limuru on Tuesday evening after launching World Bank-funded projects; the county boss observed that the wines& spirit shops have been turned into normal bars.
Revoking of licenses
He ordered for closure of all alcohol selling points including those at the supermarkets in the entire county failure to which his government will close them down and revoke their licenses.
“Any person operating a bar or a wines and spirits shop must close it between today and Friday failure to which we will close those joints ourselves and arrest the owners,” he ordered.
The governor also warned that food joints that have also been selling liquor to their customers will have their licenses cancelled noting the need to restore order in a bid to flatten the curve of the virus spread.
“Our people cannot contract diseases because of laxity of a section who have been flouting laid down measures. The revelers are getting the diseases at the liquor selling points and later they spread to their families, we will not allow this,” he said.
He made the orders as the county which enjoys a close proximity to Nairobi- the virus’s epicenter in the country continues to register new cases every day.
On Tuesday alone, Kiambu County recorded 33 new cases raising its figure to over 700 confirmed cases.