The affected lodges received letters instructing their closure on 18th January from Rubavu Sector local leaders requesting them to close but did not do so. The district instructed them further to close on Tuesday this week.
Speaking in a meeting with lodge services providers on Thursday, Rubavu District Mayor, Gilbert Habyarimana said that the decision was necessary for them to re-evaluate their services.
“The problem is that people have turned residential houses into lodges and others dub them hotels. The hygiene of houses which receive many people is quite different from that of a five-people family,” he said.
In the meeting some lodges were allowed to continue operation but given one month to address hygiene issues.
“Monitoring exercise will continue as people should embrace to operate while meeting all required standards. You should provide commendable services to both local and foreign visitors coming to seek hospitality services from you,” he said.
Affected lodge owners did not want to talk to the media.