Hotels in Nakuru town are still struggling due to lack of customers despite having been given a go-ahead to reopen after over two months’ closure due to Covid-19.
David Mwangi, the Chairman of Tourism in the County said many customers still perceived such places as a big threat to their health.
Mwangi said the pick-up might be slow and assured residents that the hotels were safe and operating according to the public health directives. He was speaking to KNA in Nakuru town.
When this writer visited the popular Merica Hotel, she was met by a serving just one customer. Wafula said that was their first customer since morning while their 76 rooms were empty.
However, a spot check by KNA also revealed that food vendors and sheds were still attracting a good number of customers.
Sarah Mbeche who owns a popular eatery in the town which specializes in traditional foodstuffs said their customers were still supportive and were fully adhering to government regulations particularly hand washing, face mask wearing and keeping one and a half meter social distance. .
Interviewed a number of people on the streets said they were not only scared of eating in hotels but even if they wished to, their low financial status would not allow them to enjoy meals in such eateries.
By Veronica Bosibori