PERAK condemns police destroying property in the name of enforcing Covid-19 guidelines, urges MoH to publish Standard Operating Procedures

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By Mourice Seretta  

The Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) on Wednesday urged the Ministry of Health to speed up the publication of the Standard Operating Procedures as the regulations will give much-needed guidance in their operations.

Addressing the media from a Nairobi Hotel, PERAK however said nevertheless, restaurants had continued to implement general safety measures, such as social distancing, the installation of hygiene kits for sanitizing and washing hands and the wearing of masks. 

The Association also said it also encouraged their members to enable adequate ventilation in their establishments as research had shown that the virus spread most in closed spaces. 

It urged their members to continue implementing the general safety measures. 

On allegations that police and county governments’ officials enforcing the latest measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 especially in pubs and restaurants, PERAK said it had seen commendable efforts to ensure closing times are adhered to but said they were pained by the destruction of property and investments by police officers and in some cases long before the designated closing time, which reeked of malice and a clear illegality.

PERAK decried that the enforcement of the law did not and should not have involved the destruction of property and the assault of innocent Kenyans adding that it was not the sort of fair administrative action required by the Constitution and asked the Inspector-General of Police to advise police officers across the country against that kind of retrogressive behavior. 

The association urged their members to continue observing measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 and to adhere to the rules on opening and closing hours as outlined by the Government. 

It said that only by compliance with the rules can they make a case to be allowed to continue operating. 

It lastly, but not least, condemned those that were be breaking the rules and urged the national and county government officials to rein in errant operators. 

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