Nakuru restaurants decry high cost of corona testing for staff

Nakuru restaurants decry high cost of corona testing for staff

A day after the government allowed restaurants and eateries to resume operations, investors within the sector in Nakuru town are complaining of the high cost of corona testing.

The government on Monday allowed restaurants and eateries to resume operations but under strict conditions.

One of the conditions was on testing of those working in restaurants and eateries to establish their COVID-19 status before being allowed back to work.

Mheshimiwa hotel owner Stephen Kuria said that digital thermometers were expense and most low income restaurants might not afford.

He also cited the shortage of corona testing kits in the country which he said might lock most of them out of business.

He called on health CS Mutahi Kagwe to review some of the guidelines especially on testing of workers.

At the same time Kuria called on the county government of Nakuru to step in and help the restaurants by partially allowing matatu operators and traders back to the central business district as a way of bringing business for restaurants.

He said that most of them were relying on matatu operators and traders to make business and since they were taken out of town then restaurants might find it hard reopening.

Kuria said that the two categories can be allowed back into town but under strict instructions

Ambole Okata

Ambole Okata is a freelance journalist based in Nakuru Kenya.He has got passion in politics and current affairs,agriculture,environment and women affairs reporting