Police have stepped up their vigilance on leisure spots in Nairobi following stringent well being measures laid out by President Uhuru Kenyatta final Wednesday. On Friday evening, cops sealed off a number of leisure spots in Langata, Kilimani and Mombasa Street and arrested scores who had been present in such premises after 9pm.
Bars, eating places in addition to lodges and eateries in Utawala, Kiambu Street, Ngong’ Street and Thika Street working after the 9pm closure hour had been additionally affected. Enjoyable-lovers on the widespread Membership 1824 on Langata street had been shocked when greater than six police vehicles paraded proper on the entrance minutes earlier than 9pm. A couple of minutes after 10pm, the armed officers began commanding everybody contained in the premises to board their automobiles.
Those that ran to their vehicles looking for to flee had been shortly arrested. “I left Membership 1824 at 8.30pm once I received wind from a good friend that issues would flip nasty after 9pm. Guys there have been having enjoyable and I can inform you that it was onerous for the administration of the membership to make sure that everybody left earlier than 9pm. It was a giant nightmare for individuals who had been arrested,” stated John Gitau, a South C resident.
On the widespread NextGen Mall on Mombasa Street, by 8.30pm, police patrol vehicles had been already stationed on the mall’s essential entrance. Nobody was being allowed entrance even to the grocery store and eateries. The mall that homes Membership Mix, Degree 7, Zipang and Golden Ice was dead-silent at 9pm.
Making his tackle on Wednesday, the President warned that lodges, bars and eating places discovered flouting the brand new closure laws will probably be inviting stern motion. He additional directed bar operators to work carefully with the Ministry of Well being in guaranteeing that Covid-19 well being protocols are put in place. “All bars, eating places, and different institutions open to the general public should now shut by 9pm,” stated the president. “Those that fail may have their institutions instantly shut down.”
As enjoyable lovers shun leisure occasions out of worry of arrest, occasion organisers have suffered immense losses out of investments that they had made forward of organised weekend live shows and different social occasions. The NaiFest, one of many main social occasions that was lined up for this month attracted few revellers.