20 bars shut in Solwezi
By JACK MAPAPAYI
TWENTY bars have been shut in Solwezi for contravening the 14 days suspension of operation of bars, night clubs, gyms, casinos and cinemas.
The 20 outlets have had their liquor licences revoked while 160 assorted cases of alcohol have been confiscated.
Other seized items were 20 litres of Kachasu, one desktop, four Speakers, two amplifiers and one DVD player.
Solwezi Municipal Council assistant Public Relations manage, Esther Chirwa, said that two restaurants were also closed for non-compliance as well as one church which was found open to congregants.
“As a council, we note with concern the non-observance of the one metre apart social distance in public places such as markets, bus stations and some business premises as guided by the Ministry of Health,” she said.
She emphasised the need for members of the public to observe social distancing as one way of preventing the spread of the COVID-19.
Ms Chirwa stated that the precautionary measures were not meant to stifle businesses but safeguard lives of the Zambian people.
She encouraged traders to actively participate in cleaning their areas in order to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 which has claimed one life in Zambia.