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RDB unveils festive season guidelines for hospitality activities

By IGIHE
On 14 December 2023 at 03:37

Amidst the spirited onset of year-end festivities, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is paving the way for an exuberant holiday season with the release of guidelines aimed at enhancing hospitality operations.

Signed by RDB CEO Francis Gatare, this directive is geared towards cultivating a vibrant celebratory ambiance while prioritizing public safety. Effective from December 15, 2023, to January 7, 2024, these guidelines promise to redefine the way Rwandans and visitors experience the joy of the season.

In terms of operational hours, the guidelines grant hospitality establishments—including hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs—an extended timeframe until 2:00 am (2 hours after midnight) on Mondays through Thursdays.

The real excitement, however, unfolds on Fridays, weekends, and public holidays, where these establishments are given the green light to operate round-the-clock. The only caveat is a reminder to adhere to noise pollution regulations and consider those seeking respite. Notably, these flexible operating hours also extend to private events, ensuring a seamless and lively celebration experience.

As the festive fervor takes hold, individuals are encouraged to self-regulate responsibly. The RDB, in collaboration with other pertinent government bodies, is committed to ensuring the effective implementation of these guidelines. Entities found flouting these directives will be held accountable, ensuring a cohesive and secure celebratory environment.

In tandem with the operational hour guidelines, the RDB underscores critical aspects of alcohol consumption to enhance public safety.

Serving alcohol to individuals under 18 years of age is strictly prohibited, mirroring a commitment to responsible practices. Additionally, hospitality establishments are enjoined to refrain from serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons, further promoting a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.

Consumers, in turn, are urged to embrace responsibility in their drinking habits, with a strong emphasis on refraining from driving under the influence of alcohol.


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