Rwanda Eases Nightlife Restrictions For Festive Season Celebrations
Rwanda’s government has relaxed operating restrictions for bars, nightclubs and other entertainment establishments during the festive season.
The restrictions on all “non-essential services” were imposed in September by the authorities to curb “noise pollution” and public disturbance.
Entertainment businesses were operating under shorter opening hours – restrictions that were unpopular with hotel, restaurant and nightclub owners.
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But the state-run Rwanda Development Board now says that between 15 December and 17 January bars can stay open until 02:00 (local time), with restrictions 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 on Thursday.
The new guidelines apply to private events as well, it added.
However, the board warned 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. Agencies