Security has been beefed up at tourist joints to ease movement of visitors during Christmas and New Year celebrations in Kilifi County.
Police road blocks have been mounted at the county’s entry points of Kurawa Kanagoni in the north, Sala Gate in the west and Mtwapa in the south while close vigilance is ongoing along the 200-mile Indian Ocean beachfront in the East of Kilifi.
Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka assured visitors, both local and foreigners visiting the area to move freely in and out of the hotels while enjoying the holidays as they are assured of their maximum security.
Briefing the media on security arrangements Wednesday, Kutswa asked the visitors to be careful and ensure they observed the Ministry of Health protocols on Covid 19 pandemic.
“Our biggest challenge now is the coronavirus surge that has yet to be contained and since all visitors, both local and foreigners are aware of the pandemic, they should make every effort to be safe from it within their areas,” he said.
He urged the public to be mindful of one another by avoiding over consumption of alcohol in gatherings where the disease could easily find its way cautioning that bar operators who will be caught operating beyond hours will be arrested and their premises shut down.
Olaka revealed that some bars in Mtwapa where owners have failed to observe Covid 19 protocols have been closed and the owners prosecuted.
“Police patrols will be on going for 24 hours round the clock to bring to book those who break the law and it is upon every citizen to be law abiding during the festivities,” he said.
By Harrison Yeri