Embu MCAs have revised the official alcohol consumption hours in the county from 5pm to 3pm from Monday to Friday with an aim to ensure that residents keep off illicit brews.
In an amendment to the Embu County Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2019 County Assembly Trade Committee Chairman Lenny Masters Mwaniki also recommended sale and consumption of alcohol 24 hours a day, seven days a week in hotels, lodges and restaurants.
Supermarkets, Wines and spirits are set toopen to sell alcohol from 10am to 8.30pm while nightclubs and bars are now authorized to operate from 2pm to 3am.
Theatres have been permitted to sell alcohol from 4pm to 11pm. All bars will now be required to sell alcohol from 11am to 11pm during weekends and gazetted public holidays.
Mbeti North MCA Peter Murithi noted that increasing drinking hours was not condoning alcohol abuse, but was a way of rescuing youths from taking illicit brew.