Bar Owners, under their umbrella association of Legit Bar Owners Association and Restaurants, have launched “munywa beer”, a face mask with a zip, and tasked President Museveni to lift the ban on their business.
Bars where among the first places that were closed off in March as the country stepped up measures to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.
Whereas President Museveni has continuously eased restrictions that were earlier put in place, bars remain closed without a clear date on when they will be allowed to open.
In his words, while delivering his 20th address on the Covid-19 situation in the country, President Museveni said that bars should remain closed because “drunkards are a danger to themselves.”
The President said drunkards can not follow SOPs.
Bar Owners, however, said they can follow the SOPs and as evidence, they launched their new “munywa beer” face masks.
According to Patrick Musinguzi, a bar owner and member of the Bar Owners Association, this kind of face mask can be used to follow COVID-19 health SOPs while in bars.
Musinguzi said, “We got a company that made for us these masks and we can produce as many as possible for our customers, a customer can open the zip, drink and zip up.”
Musinguzi added that their association will play an observatory role to make sure that every bar has these kind of masks for their customers before it is allowed to operate.
“We shall distribute the masks ourselves. In case we find a bar operating without them, we shall close them ourselves,” Musinguzi added.
Musinguzi said that their association has over 2, 000 members.
Bars remain some of the places that remain closed and the owners have decried the” witch-hunt”, saying that they have families to feed.
President Museveni in his address, urged the public to buy their beers and drink from home.