Government changes position on closing bars

Government changes position on closing bars


Local Government Minister Charles Banda has overruled Health minister Chitalu Chilufya on reducing operating hours for bars in light of the coronavirus.

Mr Chilufya and Dora Siliya earlier announced that bars will only be operating for 2 hours.

But Charles Banda now say it has been decided that bars and nightclubs will reduce their operating time by two hours, and not to open for two hours only per day.

This means bars that would close at midnight are this time expected to close at 22:00 hours.

Earlier ,Ministry of Health said it has not recorded any Coronavirus cases apart from the two which were recorded on Wednesday.

Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya described the situation of those who tasted positive as stable .

Meanwhile Chilufya has indicated that the Ministry has so far screened 29,992 travelers, with 2,258 being persons from high risk areas.

He said among those from the high risk areas, 460 have been cleared under 14 days quarantine and watch.

“In our routine travel related disease intelligence, we have screened 29,992 travelers, with 2,258 being persons from high risk areas. Among those from the high risk areas, 460 have been cleared under 14 days quarantine and watch.

We continue to investigate alerts as they arise. As of this morning, we do not have any additional cases of COVID-19.” He indicated

The Minister has also stated that government has restricted mass public gatherings including events conferences and meetings until further notice.

“Restaurants will offer only takeaway services and minimise time of contact with their clients.

The churches and other religious congregations will reduce the number of persons in each session and meet for a maximum of one hour.” He added .

And further , the minister stated that there will be a suspension of trading activities in all markets this weekend for a cleanup exercise.

“There will be a suspension of trading activities in all markets this weekend to allow for a thorough cleanup.

All persons displaying symptoms to communicate to our health authorities for advice while remaining in self-quarantine.” Dr. Chilufya emphasized.

The Minister was speaking during a multi-sectorial COVID-19 update at the Ministry of Health.

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    ChepeshiBanda 2 weeks ago

    Most of Kadansa’s close associates own Bars and night clubs or Lodges. They must have gone to complain about lack of “Entertainment” to their “Boi”. He is a fellow congregant of parte after parte. Think about it, Chrismar is owned by his best friend Vaulden, Dora owns the Manor, Aki owns Embassy. Vincent Mwale owns East Point, Defence minister owns a Lodge in Rhodes park, No longer see Amos Chanda’s Wayaya, his best pal owns Ndozo lodge, his confidant Sosala owns Buzz cafe, Mpanga ya Mambwe are his people and many more others including deputy mayor who also owns a Pub. The guy would be letting down a lot of comrades if they shut down. Chilufya must have been threatened…

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    Mune2021 2 weeks ago

    Lungu has no time for Convid-19 he has better thing to worry about- bill 10, ConCourt judges and ECZ + 2021 elections.

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    Judy Bwalya 2 weeks ago

    Where is Lungu, mwe bantu?

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    No hand shake, kissing and hugging until further notice.

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    This is real opposition whether too or bad just oppose, that’s what we used to do in school during debate, sometimes you support or oppose things which are straight forward just because you are told to do so…

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    I want to acknowledge the ministry for the criteria used to reduce the spread of corono virus, am so humbled for the initiative being implemented. But my area of interested is on why they would suggest on giving only 1 hour of worship and give 13 hours of bars operation. Where do we side? I thought zambia is Christian Nation, but it seems like we respect beer more than worship. God forgive us🙏🙏🙏

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    Musowe 2 weeks ago

    Why don’t they close the airport,were the source (codiv-19) is likely to enter Zambia?

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    What logic are they using? Reduce the number of church members and hours of worshiping, but allow bars to operating more than 13hours

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    Mkwasu 2 weeks ago

    Thank you mwana Minister for screening so many people. The question is how many have you TESTED? Screening is basically a temperature check while testing is subjecting a subject to lab analysis of their blood or other bodily fluids!!!

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    So, where is the claim that Zambia is a Christian Nation? You give churches 1hr worship time, but only to reduce beer drinking for only 2hrs? Hypocrites!

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    Godfrey Chanda 2 weeks ago

    Let’s ensure that we keep ourselves clean and healthy at all times and avoid being in clouded place’s to avoid the current situation of coronavirus. Life is good all the time

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    Maybin 2 weeks ago

    We have to follow the instructions given by the ministry of health to reduce the spread of COVID-19

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    Michael Lechner 2 weeks ago

    Hi, I stayed in Ndola from 2012 to 2017.I love Zambia with all my heart. Now am in Austria (EUROPE). Am in the middle of this Corona crises. All shops apart from groceries and pharmacies are closed. Most factories have closed, or people work from home.
    Things are really bad.
    But I urge all Zambian people to stay home.. Do not use taxis or taxi ranks.
    Keep your 1m distance between you and anyone else. Wash your hands with soap and water.
    And close your bars and restaurants and public places as soon as you can. Not gonna be easy but God will provide
    Please all stay safe.

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    Seanmac 2 weeks ago

    Close all bars and restaurants completely ; all religious services in churches and mosques should be suspended ; curtail market trading hours and limit numbers there at any given time. Mini buses and other public transport should limit the number of passengers at any given time. Keep a distance of one or two metres between people. Wash hands thoroughly and often.

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    Zambian 1 2 weeks ago

    Do our ministers consult before opening their mouths? In cabinet meetings do they actually objectively discuss or they agree with each other every time? Shame