COVID-19: Police confiscate 25 business licenses over non-compliance

County Commissioner says he will not relent to close down any business, big or small, that will not adhere to set guidelines

By Albert Lemomo

County security officials have confiscated 25 business licenses and permits over owners’ non-compliance with government directives in light of the ongoing fight against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Speaking at his office after a meeting with the County Security Committee, County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha, said by defying government directives, the businesses were further exposing the lives of Kenyans to the novel pandemic, and vowed to intensify a crackdown on all culprits.

“I am determined to ensure that all directives are adhered to and we will not relent to close down any business, big or small, that will not adhere to the set guidelines because we must remain safe for us to win this battle against Covid-19,” said the County boss.

Though he did not named the particular business affected by the crackdown, he said they consist of; two hospitals, a chemist and several other business in Kajiado town, Kitengela and Isinya.

Among the directives that the businesses were supposed to adhere to include; providing running water and soap, controlling the number of people accessing their businesses at any given time to avoid crowding, and ensuring that both their customers and staff maintain the recommend social distance.

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