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Wednesday , April 21 2021

Municipality team raids cafe offering shisha to customers

Inspection campaigns to continue in Khaitan, Jleeb

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 28: Despite the strict measures to contain the spread of COVID- 19 virus as well as the Cabinet’s recent decision to ban dine-in services in cafes and restaurants, the discovery of a cafe in Riggae where shisha was being offered to customers in a comfortable environment came as a surprise, reports Al-Qabas daily.

During the raid, the owner of the café tried to prevent the inspectors from the Farwaniya Municipality’s Committee for Violations Removal from entering the cafe. One of the workers attacked the inspectors. The inspection team went to the police station of the area and filed a report of “assault on government employees while performing their duty”. Accordingly, necessary legal measures were taken.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet’s Health Requirements Committee has been intensifying its presence in various areas within Farwaniya Governorate after receiving a series of reports about the failure of many commercial activities to implement the closure decision at exactly 8:00 pm, in addition to congestion during the morning period. Informed sources said, “The coming days will witness widespread campaigns in Jleeb Al- Shuyoukh and Khaitan areas after the field teams sent reports about violations detected in these areas along with other observations on the commercial activities in Farwaniya area”.

Violating
In the past few days, inspection teams affiliated with the Violations Removal Department inspected dozens of violating stores in Khaitan, Ardiya and Riggae areas. Recently, the task force, which is headed by retired Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al- Ali and is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Cabinet’s directives for combating COVID-19 spread, had conducted an extensive campaign of all the shops in Dajeej area.

A total of five teams participated, representing the Public Authority for Manpower, Farwaniya Municipality, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Public Authority for Industry and the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition. Retired Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Ali explained that Dajeej area was targeted for the campaign after a series of reports about non-compliance with the decision of the Council of Ministers were received. Via its hotline number, the committee received many observations about the area and the violations therein, including that shops are continuing to work after 8:00 pm, some restaurants are not adhering to social distancing, and some cafes have been serving shisha.

Head of the Violations Removal Committee in Farwaniya Municipality Fahad Al-Muwaisri revealed that the campaign resulted in the issuance of 64 warnings for commercial stores that violated the requirements, and seven violations and the closure of two stores after the inspectors noticed an imminent danger to the health and safety of the public.

He indicated that more than 1,400 stores of various activities were inspected. In the same context, the Farwaniya Governor Sheikh Meshal Al-Jaber met with retired Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Ali prior to the launch of the campaign and directed the latter to intensify efforts, and ensure firmness and seriousness in implementing campaigns within the areas of the governorate regions. He assured the provision of all the necessary facilities to the field teams.

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