Alcohol consumption in restaurants and hotels may be permitted if accompanied with food orders. Bars that operate in restaurants and hotels or standalone bars remain closed, according to a new requirement announced by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on Friday. “And we expect Rwandans and foreigners to abide it,” said Belise Kariza RDB’s Chief Tourism Officer.
RDB insisted that any abuse by clients or entities pretending to be restaurants but actually operate or consume as bars, “will be penalized.” The directives are part of the wider set of guidelines on tourism and MICE, following Cabinet Resolutions of August 26, 2020. This new requirement requires establishments ensure at least 1.5 meters physical distancing between chairs from the previous one meter and 2.5 meters between tables.
“Adequate hand-washing facilities should be availed at all entrances and within the premises. Clients who are not wearing masks properly should not be admitted. Additionally, clients that flout the guidelines while on the premises should be denied service and asked to leave,” RDB said in a statement.