The cabinet meeting held on 19th February 2021 permitted restaurants and cafés to operate at 30% occupancy following a month of closure due to COVID-19 preventive measures.
Some restaurant owners, who spoke to RBA, revealed that they are making preparations to resume activities adhering to instituted guidelines.
“We will adhere to instituted preventive measures keeping social distancing, reminding clients to wash hands and testing temperature,” said the owner of Plus 250 restaurant, Ngango Fredy David.
Barakabuye Nsengiyumva, the Chairperson of Rwanda Hoteliers’ Association (RHA) has said that discussions held with restaurant and hotel owners are promising that no one will violate preventive measures.
“We held discussions mainly revolving around continued collaboration with relevant authorities to prevent the spike in Coronavirus cases. This means, respecting health guidelines is paramount to prevent the spread of the virus, “he noted.
Previously, some bars were reported rebranded as restaurants and operated like bars.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije has advised people against such vices lest they expose the country at risk.
“I would like to remind Rwandans to be cautious and avoid the reoccurrence of problems we went through in November and December where restaurants operated like bars,” he said.
Minister Ngamije explained that some clients cheat that they looking for food yet they want to drink and end up turning restaurants into bars.
“The problems we went through affected the economy, social wellbeing and education. We don’t want violation of preventive measures to step back our efforts,” he said.
Measures including the reopening of restaurants will go into effect on 23rd February 2021.