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LCC warns bar, night club owners over noise pollution

NOEL IYOMBWA writes

@SunZambian

LUSAKA City Council (LCC) has warned bar and night club operators in the city to avoid noise pollution, admitting underage patrons and late closures during the long weekend.

According to a statement issued by LCC public relations manager George Sichimba, the local authority has assembled a combined team of council police, public health inspectors and State police to conduct random operations around the city.

And council acting director of public health, Edgar Mulwanda observed that bar and night club operators tended to flout the law relating to liquor trade during such holidays.

“We are aware of the nuisances that come with holidays such this one and so we have put measures in place and we will be on the ground to make sure that such nuisances are dealt with,” he warned.

He said the law would not be shelved simply because of holidays.

The stipulates that bars must open at 10:00 hours and close at 22:00 hours, night clubs must open at 10:00 hours and close at 24:00 hours.

The law also warned that no persons below the age of 18 years old should be allowed to patronize alcohol drinking places.

“Bar and night club operators should make sure that there is no noise coming from their establishments to avoid disturbing other residents,” he said

The local authority therefore did not expecting to find underage patrons in alcohol drinking places as culprits would be penalized.

“Underage patrons are also warned that they risk spending a long weekend in police cells if found in alcohol drinking places,” he said

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