Alcohol to be served in private Hotel rooms, Balala orders

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Hotels will now be allowed to serve drinks to private rooms, after the Tourism ministryclarified President Uhuru’s orders banning the sale.

“The President’s announcement on the issue of the sale of alcohol was clear that alcohol should not to be sold to the public in hotels/restaurants to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.”

The move comes after the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers CEO, Mike Macharia, approached the ministry to seek on the directive.

The hoteliers argued that the directive dealt a huge blow to revellers using their facilities, urging the ministry of Health to review the directive to avert losses.

“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,” Balala said.

The sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants was halted for a month, after it emerged that numerous people visiting bars in the dead of the night past curfew hours.

The hoteliers got a shot in the arm after the president announced the resumption of International travel into the country, that has been a key income earner for their premises.

Despite some hotels reporting minimal bookings, establishments such as the Plan Hotel were lucky to kick off their post-covid bookings at 60% occupancy.

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