Bar owners in the country have asked government to consider re-opening their businesses as has been done for other groups which were closed in prevention of the Covid19 spread.
These through the umbrella body of Uganda Bar Owners Association claim that Government has no more reasons to keep bars closed, having opened up several other similar businesses.
They noted further that bars too have the ability to enforce the standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and keep their customers safe.
Addressing the press in Kampala, Tesfalem Gherentu the chairperson of this Association asked the Ministry of Health and the Covid 19 National Task force to set regulations for them and allow them to open.
“We employ over 6.3 million employees and these include bouncers, waiters, waitresses, security guards, managers who were now rendered jobless due to the closure,” he said.
“We also pay tax estimated around 2 billion shillings per year on top of supporting other service providers like Breweries, National Water and Umeme who are no longer earning the same as they used to when they were in operations.
“We have engaged almost all proper channels required by the law including petitioning Parliament. In case our call is not answered by Government we shall have to engage in peaceful demonstration with all our staff to express our dissatisfaction.”
Among the SOPs they intend to put in place he said, include; putting sanitizers at all entrance points with a temperature gun to check temperature of all customers, full time wearing of masks by customers and staff, ensuring that they end serving by 8pm to observe curfew, recording contacts of all customers for easy follow up in case of any positive case.
They promised to put in place a stand by team of security personnel to enforce the directives in bars among others.
The Ministry of Health this week ordered the opening of Casinos, Gaming outlets and increased the number of people to attend public functions from 70 to 200 in observance of Standard Operation procedures.
Bars were among the first group of businesses which were closed in March this year when Uganda Registered its first case.