Ministry of Health, PS Dr. Kennedy Malama says bars, nightclubs and casinos will only be allowed to operate on a take away basis, to curb spread of the coronavirus.
A combined team of Ndola City Council and Police on Saturday night conducted an operation and closed 10 bars and 2 night Clubs that did not follow the prescribed operating hours and health guidelines of the COVID-19 preventive directives.
Ndola City Council Public Relations Officer Febby Mwandama said the council is disappointed that bar owners are with impunity abrogating the law.
“With an uprise in the number of cases being recorded, the local authority was disappointed with some bar owners that were operating normally without following the COVID-19 guidelines.In the operation that began at 22:00 hours and only ended in the early hours of Sunday, 10 bars were closed and five people apprehended for misconduct and obstructing officers from carrying out their duties,” said Mwandama.
She said the areas that were visited were Ndeke, Kabwata on Broadway road and Town center.
“The Ndola City Council would like to caution members of the public not to relax in following guidelines set by the Ministry of Health to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.The local authority will continue with the operations to ensure that the COVID- 19 guidelines are adhered to by business owners and all members,” she said.
Mwandama has warned all Ndola residents and bar owners to adhere and observe the COVID-19 preventive guidelines as the Council will not hasitate to implement punitive measures against them for willfully endangering the lives of others.
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