and hangouts in different parts of the country failed to attract revelers on
Monday despite the return to night social life.
On December 31, President Museveni announced that restrictions on the
entertainment industry, curfew, bars, nightclubs, and other social gatherings
will be lifted two weeks after schools have reopened. The schools reopened on
January 10, close to two years of closure following the outbreak of COVID -19.
While there was an anticipation of celebrations following the lifting of
restrictions on the entertainment industry and the curfew, it was different
in some towns across the country.
City, the streets were empty and quiet. Dozens of bars and hangouts remained
empty, unlike during the lockdown that they would attract many revelers.
Popular hangouts like Password, The Bus Terminal, Wine Garage, Plan B, and Cue
Bar, among others, had less than 50 revelers each, while Da Covenant Bar and
Restaurant used to attract close to 100 revelers during the lockdown was
closed on Monday night.
like BJs Bar and Grill and Buganda Pub at least managed to attract hundreds of
revelers. For Buganda Pub, revelers were charged an entry fee of 3,000
shillings while BJs Bar and Grill was free.
Other smaller bars played loud music to keep their few customers around but
closed at around 11 pm when the revelers left.
Security personnel were deployed within the central business district but were
majorly targeting Boda –Boda riders caught riding beyond the stipulated 7 pm.
The Boda –Boda riders however kept dodging the security personnel as they
carried their passengers to and from different places within the city.
Street vendors dealing in fast food were equally disappointed since only a
handful of customers went to buy food. The vendors selling roasted pork, fried
chicken, fresh fish, and Irish potatoes chips occupied Andrea Olal Road and
Cemetery Road somehow seemed busy.
Daniel Ochola Obol, the Manager of BJs Bar and Grill in Pece –Laroo Division in
Gulu City says that they anticipated the low turn up of revelers since it is
Monday. He says they might have a high turn-up of revelers on Friday and the
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the owner of Plan B Bar and Washing Bay in Labourline Ward in Pece –Laroo
Division says business was not any different from the previous days and that
his bar registered very poor sales even when he thought he would have more
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In Soroti City, bars were opened as early as 9:00 am in anticipation of many customers in the evening. However,
by 9:00 pm, most of the bars visited by our reporter had closed while others had a sizable number of revellers.
Patrick Onega, the Proprietor of Liberty Bar says that much as they are excited
for the reopening of bars, they have not realized a good number of people as
anticipated. Onega says he had stocked more than 50 crates of beer but had sold
less than 10 by 10:00 pm.
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Vicky Acen, a
bar attendant at Savannah Inn says that whereas she expected a big turn up in
bars, she is not surprised with the low sales since Covid-19 prolonged lockdown
has forced some people to stop drinking.
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reopened, Boda Boda cyclists also remained on the streets without any
interference from the police. Simon Obukui, a cyclist at Mandela stage wants
the President to lift the curfew for cyclists.
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City, Juma Okiror, the Manager of Galaxy Auto Spa says that most of their
clients preferred to purchase alcohol and drink from their homes.
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At most of
the bars visited in Jinja by URN reporters, there was no adherence to the Covid-19 guidelines.
There were no water points for handwashing, no visible washing facilities,
temperature guns, and sanitizers at the entrance.
Central Division, some of the popular hangouts that include Summer Gardens,
Wantoni, Labamba, Club One, Hive, and Festino City opened but there were few customers.
Several hangouts in Wantoni, Nasuuti, and Ngandu were also closed.
Karungi, the General Manager Festino City says it is going to take them time
to stabilize. He notes that several workers are already pleading to return to work.
Kabale and Entebbe municipalities, there were jubilations with revellers flocking different
In Kabale Municipality,
hangouts that were found re-opened include Bamboocha Club, ONZ bar and Lounge, B-Live
Club, and Chello lounge.
At ONZ bar and
lounge, there was a handwashing facility at the main entrance with security
personnel checking whoever enters. Onesmus Tumusiime, the Director says that to
ensure that their customers are healthy and secure.
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Club, Dickson Ampeire, the Director says that they will be chasing away all
their customers who do not want to adhere to the covid-19 SOPs.
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Ainamani, Aron Sabitti, and Andre Mujuni some of the revelers were at Bambocha club expressed joy at the reopening of bars.
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Aharimpisa, a Boda Boda rider says that the President should consider lifting
the curfew on Boda Bodas.
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In Entebbe, Paddy
O'Ganda's Irish Bar in Entebbe town, Carol's Bar in Kitooro, Riders Lounge at
Imperial Mall, Fire and Ice club, and Capital Pub in Katabi-Busambaga
were full to capacity on Monday evening.
had over 300 revelers in its ordinary section and close to 50 revelers in the
VIP section from 7 pm till past 2 am.
including Winfred Nakato, a resident of Katabi-Busambaga and Erina Nakaayi from
Abaita Ababiri said they are excited about the resumption of night life. Nakato
and Nakaayi said that they moved from bar to bar until dawn to celebrate end of
A worker in
one of the bars says he received tips of up to 25,000 Shillings in the first
six hours of re-opening. He is hopeful that he will receive more tips because
it is what he and most of his colleagues used to rely on to cover their
rent, utility bills, and basic needs while saving their monthly salaries of
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Patrah Namuwonge, one of the three directors of Paddy O'Ganda's Irish Bar says
there was a fairly good turn up of revelers on Monday.
says the bar has deployed security guards to ensure that the revelers adhere to
the covid-19 guidelines before they gain entrance.
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Security personnel were hardly seen patrolling the streets of Entebbe or
near the hangouts on Monday night and early Tuesday morning.