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Hotels To Sell Alcohol In Rooms Only, Balala Says

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Najib Balala Tourism Cabinet Secretary

Beer and Sausages To Be Served In The Rooms

Earlier President Uhuru Kenyatta announced stringent measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus following an extraordinary meeting with governors of the East African country.

Uhuru ordered that all bars will remain closed until further notice.

However, hotels have received a lifeline after the government eased the recent presidential directive on the sale of alcohol at their premises.

According to Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, lodges, hotels, and resorts have gotten the nod to sell alcohol to their checked-in clients on a room service basis.

He was responding to queries by establishment owners regarding the sale of alcohol considering they have started receiving visitors after the government relaxed Covid-19 measures.

However, alcohol still cannot be sold in public areas within hotels.

Najib Balala Tourism Cabinet Secretary

“The President’s announcement on the issue of the sale of alcohol was clear that alcohol should not be sold to the public in hotels/restaurants to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. However, after consultation with the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, serving of alcohol can only be served in private and in their rooms and not in the public domain,” reads the circular dated 4th August 4 addressed to Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers CEO Michael Macharia.

On August 3, Mr. Macharia had written to the CS seeking clarification on the matter since most of the hotels had included the sale of alcohol in their re-opening offer packages.

On July 27, President Uhuru Kenyatta banned the sale of alcoholic drinks in all restaurants across the country and directed that all bars remain closed indefinitely to slow down the rising rate of Covid-19 transmission.

He said the government had noted that people were socializing with zero regards to protective behavior in environments selling alcohol.

The ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and eateries was to remain in force for 30 days.

Felicity Gitonga

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