The spa is owned by one Vincent Gasana, who is among those arrested. Spas are among the services that were closed by the Cabinet as part of the measures to contain the new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Only Covid-19 negative guests at hotels are allowed in spas and swimming pool.
While speaking to the media, Vincent Gasana admitted that he was hosting a big number of people and that many others escaped during the Police operation.
"They had come to visit me at home, where I aslo have a spa. However, when they heard that Police was coming, most of them jumped over the fence and escaped," Gasana said.
Although Gasana claimed that he was not operating sauna and spa service, Police found small rooms in his house where those he argued to be his friends and just visiting, were receiving related services. Home visits and social gatherings are also prohibited.
RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said that the violators were arrested as a result of strong partnership between Police and the public through information sharing.
"Police received information that Gasana had turned his home into a sauna and massage business, which he was doing well knowing that it is prohibited. Indeed, when officers went to the said house, Gasana was arrested with other five of his customers, although many others managed to flee," CP Kabera said.
He warned people, who continue to derail government efforts against the pandemic but commended the role of the public in enforcing the directives.
"You don’t play on people’s lives for personal gains. Many people have been arrested for undermining the directives and operations will continue. Such behaviours is the reason Covid-19 continues to spread and people continue to die, which is unacceptable" CP Kabera observed.
The arrest came a day after 14 others were also apprehended at another spa also in Kicukiro, including one person who was Covid-19 positive and had knowingly breached self-isolation.