Police engage bar owners on enforcement of Covid-19 regulations

Rumphi, July 16, Mana: Police in Rumphi have engaged bar owners on the need for them to comply with the new Covid-19 preventive guidelines announced last week by Ministry of Health.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) after the engagement meeting on Thursday, Rumphi Police Officer In-charge Assistant Commissioner Gerald Chiwanda, said they have decided to engage bar owners to ensure collaboration between police and the business community in the fight against the pandemic.

Chiwanda said the initiative is also aimed at creating awareness of the new Covid-19 guidelines amongst the bar operators and the business community in general, saying ignorance will not be an excuse for anyone found contravening the preventive measures.

“We would like the bar owners to comply with new business operating hours. In addition, we would like them to ensure they provide their customers with soap to wash their hands when entering their premises and have hand sanitizers to keep their clients’ hands clean.

 “We have taken a number of initiatives in enforcing the guidelines since the new preventive guidelines were announced. For example, we have suspended mobile markets besides mounting roadblocks in some strategic places to enforce the putting on of face masks,” said Chiwanda.

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One of the bar owners, Kumbukani Malopa, commended the police for the initiative and pledged, on behalf of his colleagues, that they would do their best in complying with the guidelines.

Another bar owner, Athan Chipundwe, asked the police against being selective in enforcing the laws, saying all bars should be treated equally.

There are at least 40 active Covid-19 cases in Rumphi district.