Lusaka City Council cautions bar, nightclub, casino owners over Valentine Day gatherings


The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has cautioned bars, nightclub and casino owners against allowing underage patrons on their premises.

LCC Public Relations Officer, Chola Mwamba, reminded the oweners that it was illegal to admit, sell intoxicating substances to underage patrons regardless of the occasion.

Mwamba in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, noted that some proprietors were doing so to maximise their returns on special days such as Valentine’s Day.

She added that all drinking premises should adhere to the guidelines provided under the Public Health Act, Food Safety Act and the Liquor Licensing Act.

“They are required to meet all the standards required for them to conduct their businesses,” Mwamba emphasized.

She said all bars, nightclubs and casino proprietors should heed the timely warning ahead of such days.

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Mwamba warned that anyone found wanting to abrogate the law because of the unnecessary excitement attributed to this day would be dealt with accordingly.

“Overcrowding in bars, nightclubs and casinos has the potential to compromise hygiene and sanitary conditions within the premises and create a further spread of cholera and other diseases,” she stated.

Mwamba assured that the local authority would not relent in its efforts to ensure that members of the public were safeguarded from diseases.

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