Oyster Bay Restaurant Raided and Closed Over Excessive Noise


The restaurant, located on Lenana Road, has been popular for its outdoor parties with live bands and DJs. However, its activities have been causing disturbances to the nearby residents, especially during the weekends.

NEMA Director General Mamo B. Mamo said there have been numerous complaints from residents.

Neema incorporated Nairobi Environmetal County chief officer Ibrahim Otieno, Director John Lawi and William Kangongo in the raid on Oyster Bay Restaurant.

During the raid, NEMA officials measured the noise levels at the restaurant and found them to be above the acceptable limits. They also discovered that the eatery did not have a valid noise pollution control certificate.

Mamo warned that NEMA will not tolerate any activities that adversely affect the environment and the health of the public. He urged all individuals and businesses to comply with the environmental laws and regulations.

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“There have been numerous complaints on noise pollution from the residents of Kilimani where you are located caused by extreme loud music from your facility that interferes with their comfort, repose health and safety. This is contrary to the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA). 1999, Environmental Management and Coordination (Noise and Excessive Vibration Pollution Control) Regulations, 2009,” the order dated April 6 reads in part.

NEMA’s move comes months after Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja announced a crackdown on noisy nightclubs and restaurants operating in residential areas in the city.

In a notice on November 25, 2022, Sakaja banned nightclubs from operating in residential areas following numerous complaints from the public on noise emanating from bars, restaurants, nightclubs and liquor-selling premises.

The closure of Oyster Bay restaurant has sparked mixed reactions from the public, with some supporting NEMA’s action while others criticizing it as being too harsh.

The restaurant management is yet to issue a statement regarding the incident.

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