Pubs, Restaurants Oppose Total Shut Down Over Covid 19 Pandemic
Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) has faulted calls for them to completely shut down over Covid 19 pandemic saying that the presidential directive on social events closure was misunderstood and that not every entertainment joint sells alcohol.
In an exclusive interview with Ghetto Radio News PERAK Chairperson Alice Opee says that the restaurants have scaled down their activities as directed by the president and that total shut down will not be a good option for them.
‘‘We have complied with the directive but it must be understood that the restaurants will have to be opened partially, we have also made sure that social distance at clubs,entertainment joints is kept just to make sure that our customers are safe because we also value lives of our customers,’’ Alice said.
She further noted that should the situation persist over 4 million of their staffs will lose job and that there is need for the government to consider a waiver of taxes on their businesses.
‘’Most of our staffs are middle and low class persons and whatever salary they get from us is used on hand to mouth survival.. there is no room for saving ,there is heat ahead should the situation persist,’’ She added.
Meanwhile close to 95% of the pubs, entertainment and restaurants have scaled down their operations due to Coronavirus threat that has led to low number of customers.