By Febby Mwandama
THE Ndola City Council has warned owners of liquor stores against playing loud music and operating beyond stipulated hours.
Ndola City Council Director of Public Health Hubert Mwanza cautioned owners of liquor stores, bars, night clubs and restaurants against playing loud music that disturbed communities and operating outside permitted operating hours.
Mr. Mwanza said this on May 31, 2022 when the Department of Public Health held a stakeholders meeting with selected owners of liquor stores, bars, night clubs and restaurants.
Other Ndola City Council representatives in the meeting were the Deputy Director of Public Health Evans Chiinza and Senior Public Health Inspector Hillary Tebeka.
Mr. Mwanza said liquor store owners should avoid penalties by following regulations of the Liquor Licensing Act no 20 of 2011 and Regulation 33 of Statutory Instrument no. 12 of 2018 of the Local Government Act No.2 of 2019 of the Laws of Zambia.
Mr. Chiinza said establishments should not allow inspectors without identification to inspect their premises.
He said the Council had received some complaints from liquor store traders that people without proper identification had inspected their premises claiming to be public health inspectors.
He said all health inspectors that were tasked to inspect liquor stores carried identification cards with them.
“If the said inspector can’t produce an ID then they should not be let in,” Mr. Chiinza said.
Mr. Tebeka also advised business owners to continue with the compliance measures against COVID-19.