By Enyichukwu Enemanna
The Government of Rwanda has eased the operating restrictions imposed on bars, nightclubs and other entertainment centres to enable citizens “celebrate and enjoy” the Christmas festive season.
The government had in September announced restrictions on all “non-essential services” in order to curb “noise pollution” and public disturbance.
Under the restrictions, entertainment businesses were operating under shorter opening hours, affecting mostly hotel, restaurant and nightclub owners.
Rwanda Development Board on Thursday said between 15 December and 17 January bars can stay open until 02:00 (local time), while restrictions have also been removed on Fridays, weekends and public holidays.
“The end of the year festive season has begun, and the government of Rwanda wants people to celebrate and enjoy,” the board said in a statement, adding that the new guidelines apply to private events as well.
The board however cautioned against violations, saying establishments should comply with rules around noise pollution.
Sound levels in commercial areas are limited to 55 decibels at night, under the measures announced in September.