By Allan Wanjiku
Bar ownershave backed a proposal to pressurize government to replace curfew and travel restrictions them with economically friendly containment measures and vaccination campaigns
Through their Hotel and Liquor Traders Association (Bahlita) the traders said they supported a motion in the National Assembly aimed at revising the current Covid-19 restrictions and implore in other proposals that would help in revving the economic fortunes.
They urged government to consider them that just like the public transport sector, which has been allowed to operate at full capacity and with full operating hours.
“We support the motion in Parliament urging the government to eliminate all forms of lockdowns, curfews and travel restrictions and replace them with economically friendly containment measures and vaccination campaigns,” said Bahlita chairman Simon Njoroge alias Jogoo said.
While speaking at Mukurwe and Njai-ini villages in Gatanga Sub County where they donated masks and sanitizers to locals who have been harshly affected by the Covid-19, they said their businesses have been hardly hit by the pandemic.
However Jogoo said the association was given hope that it would soon reopen by the development of new protocols for the hospitality sector, which were launched last week by Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.
“The hospitality sector has suffered the greatest impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and we’d like to appreciate the national government for giving us hope about reopening by agreeing with our request for additional operating hours, to enable the hospitality sector get back on its feet,” said Njoroge.
The event was attended by officials from the national and county governments, the police, the Alcoholic Beverages Association of Kenya (ABAK) and the National Multi-Agency Command Centre (NMACC).
NMACC and the trade associations have undertaken a campaign dubbed ‘Jibambe, Jilinde, Jikinge’ to remind alcohol traders as well as consumers on the need to remain safe even as they enjoy their drinks.
ABAK chairman Eric Githua said the campaign would intensify in the coming weeks.