Kuwait’s cafe owners staged a protest to end shisha ban. Coffee shops, restaurants to reopen Sunday amid strict health precautions.
Kuwait , Kuwait
22 May 2021, 12:00 AM
31 May 2021, 12:00 AM
Owners of coffee shops in Kuwait staged a protest demanding an end to a ban on serving shisha, according to local media.
Protesters, gathering at the Health Ministry on Thursday, argued that around 6,700 coffee shops in Kuwait have incurred over KD1 billion in losses over the past 13 months as a result of the anti-virus curbs.
Earlier this week, the Kuwaiti government agreed to the reopening of cafes and restaurants in the country starting from next Sunday as part of a plan for gradual return to normal life.
Cafe owners said that it will be of no good for them to reopen their businesses without allowing the shisha service.
Beginning Sunday, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to accept customers daily from 5am till 8pm, according to a Kuwaiti municipal official. In the following hours, their services will be limited to outdoor services.