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[PHOTOS] Eateries seek extension of operation times

Your licences will be withdrawn: Eatery owners warned against opening past 4pm

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• Kuria noted that after President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the curfew last Saturday, some restaurants took it upon themselves to extend their operating hours to as late as 10pm with some serving alcohol as the main 'dish'.

• "The president extended curfew time for those who want to do meaningful business do it. As a ministry we are reviewing the protocols in use for the operations of eateries and restaurants and will be released to the public in due course," he said.

Nicole Tito, a manager at the Cafe Deli Restaurant carries a traditional breakfast order during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
Nicole Tito, a manager at the Cafe Deli Restaurant carries a traditional breakfast order during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
Image: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Restaurants are only allowed to operate until 4pm, despite extension of the dusk-to-dawn curfew to 9pm till 4am, the government has said.

Making the announcement on Friday, director of Public Health Francis Kuria said this directive shall remain while the ministry consults on a way forward.

Kuria noted that after President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the curfew last Saturday, some restaurants took it upon themselves to extend their operating hours to as late as 10pm with some serving alcohol as the main 'dish'.

 

"The president extended curfew time for those who want to do meaningful business do it. As a ministry we are reviewing the protocols in use for the operations of eateries and restaurants and will be released to the public in due course," he said.

 

John Brian, an employee at Cafe Deli Restaurant delivers an order during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, along Kenyatta avenue in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
John Brian, an employee at Cafe Deli Restaurant delivers an order during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, along Kenyatta avenue in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
Image: REUTERS/ THOMAS MUKOYA

John Brian, an employee at Cafe Deli Restaurant delivers an order during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, along Kenyatta avenue in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
John Brian, an employee at Cafe Deli Restaurant delivers an order during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, along Kenyatta avenue in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
Image: REUTERS/ THOMAS MUKOYA
A social distancing signage is seen inside the Cafe Deli restaurant during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, along Kenyatta avenue in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
A social distancing signage is seen inside the Cafe Deli restaurant during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, along Kenyatta avenue in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
Image: REUTERS/ THOMAS MUKOYA
Shilla Lubia, chef of the Cafe Deli restaurant, wears a face mask while preparing food orders during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
Shilla Lubia, chef of the Cafe Deli restaurant, wears a face mask while preparing food orders during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
Image: REUTERS/ THOMAS MUKOYA
Shilla Lubia, chef of the Cafe Deli restaurant, presents a meal order during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
Shilla Lubia, chef of the Cafe Deli restaurant, presents a meal order during the reopening after weeks of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Nairobi, Kenya June 11, 2020.
Image: REUTERS/ THOMAS MUKOYA