Nine people are set to be put on mandatory quarantine for 14 days after they were arrested inside a bar in the Harambee area of Likoni over the weekend.
This is according to the Likoni deputy county commissioner Francis Kahindi who said the suspects will be arraigned in court after completion.
“They will be charged with contravening the provision of prevention and control or suppression of the COVID- 19 directives issued by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of health pursuant to section 36 as read altogether with section 164 of public health act,” A police signal recorded at Likoni police station indicates.
The nine who include a court clerk had daringly locked themselves inside the bar located a few meters away from the Likoni police station.
The court clerk who has been identified as Alex Obadia is attached to the Mombasa law courts.
The other suspects have been identified as Metrine Nasibo, Caroline Nekesa, Sarah Atieno, Milicent Agutu, Jane Makau, and Christine Mboya, Benson Assam, Casper Likam and Erick Opondo.
The DCC said they were in communication with health officials and the county COVID-19 response teams to establish whether the suspects will be placed in the new isolation center which is the Likoni school for the blind or whether they will be ferried to other centers located in Mombasa county.
“We have nine suspects in total; among them are women who were arrested in the operation. They had locked themselves in a bar flouting the government rules,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all the bars closed last month in a bid to curb social gatherings which the World Health Organization says increase the likelihood of people infecting each other with the virus.
The arrest came just a few hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the government was considering opening restaurants and bars but with new directives in an effort to salvage the economy from going under due to the effects of closed businesses.