Bar turned carpentry workshop: Owners ponder next move as sector reopens

He is however among hundreds of bar owners across the country who are celebrating the freedom that came on Monday.

In his address, Uhuru directed that bars should resume but be closed at 10 pm, an hour before the new curfew starts.

The revised dusk-dawn hours were extended to 11pm to 4am. The hours were previously 9pm-4am.

Uhuru noted that the country’s positivity rate has fallen from 13 per cent in June to seven in August and now stands at 4.4.

Uhuru also announced that church services, weddings, and funerals can have a maximum of 200 people, up from 100.

The President, however, said schools will not yet reopen until it is established it’s safe to do so.

Uhuru said for the past six months, the country has been in a season of paradoxes.

He said, as a result, it became necessary to shut in order to save it.

“As we head into a new normal, we are even faced with a greater paradox as to whether the curve is flattening or not,” he said.

Mombasa County Bar Owners Association had earlier urged the president to allow them to fully reopen their businesses.

They said that they have been out of business for four months, forcing some of their members to close down completely.

Chairman Patrick Kabundu had told the Star that they have suffered enough.

“Some of our members have suffered a mental breakdown because they were dependent on this business. Now they’re depressed,” Kabundu said.

Despite reopening the country on Monday, the president said that he will be forced to impose more measures if the cases of the virus surge.

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