Rwanda’s government has made a significant adjustment in its regulations for bars, nightclubs, and entertainment venues, lifting stringent operating restrictions just in time for the festive season.
Initially put in place in September to address concerns about noise disturbance, these limitations on “non-essential services” were met with disapproval, particularly from hotel, restaurant, and nightclub owners, who faced shortened operating hours.
Now, the Rwanda Development Board, a state entity, has announced a reprieve. From December 15 to January 17, bars can extend their hours until 02:00 (local time), with lifted restrictions specifically on Fridays, weekends, and public holidays.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the board expressed its intent for people to enjoy the festive season: “As the year-end festivities commence, the government of Rwanda wishes for people to celebrate and have a good time.” Importantly, these revised guidelines also cover private events.
Despite this relaxation, the board has issued a clear warning against violations, stressing the importance of establishments complying with noise pollution regulations.
Under the guidelines established in September, commercial areas are required to maintain sound levels below 55 decibels during the night. As Rwanda embraces the holiday atmosphere, the government encourages celebration while ensuring adherence to necessary safeguards.