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Govt. Shutdown Silk Road Bar, Restaurant …For Being Invested With Flies, Mosquitos

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MONROVIA: The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism (MICAT), says it has embarked upon the process of hygiene inspection compliance at various tourism related businesses including restaurants and bars across the country.

As part of this effort, the Ministry through the office of Assistant Minister for Tourism, Princess Turkolon, on Tuesday, March 20, carried out compliance inspection at the Silk Road Bar and Restaurant, located on Congo Town Back Road and discovered sanitary compliance violations, a press release issued by MICAT, and signed by Information Minister Ledgerhood J. Rennie, said.

“An attempt by the Bureau of Tourism inspectorate team to speak with authority of the facility did not materialize as those responsible absconded the scene,” the release said.

“Predicated upon this, and realizing the noncompliance posture of the facility,” the Assisting Minister of Tourism, Princess Turkolon, instructed a CLOSED DOWN order of the facility “for not meeting up with the sanitary standards set forth by the Government of Liberia through its Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism despite repeated warnings to the facility Management.”

The Silk Road Bar and Restaurant is a foreign-owned business located on the Congo Town back road and is often visited by Liberians and international tourists.

It specializes primarily in the service of Chinese dishes and delicacies.

The visitation by the Assistant Minister was part of her team’s inspection tour of different Liberian and foreign-owned businesses providing such service.

According to the MICAT release, the team was dismayed by the very poor state of the restaurant, prompting their decision to immediately shut it down.

The Department of Tourism, as the statutory responsibility within MICAT, regulates and monitors the hospitality & Tourism sectors in Liberia, will ensure that the Silk Road Restaurant is closed until appropriate measures are taken by the entity to address its current state of sanitary situation.

Minister Turkolon was joined by officers the Liberia National Police and other media Institutions, including the Liberia News Agency (LINA) as well as other members of the press.

The Assistant Minister and team of Inspectorates also “found out that the restaurant is usually infested with mosquitoes and flies that bother customers during business hours.”

The Minister has informed the authorities of the Restaurant of the government’s commitment to promote all tourism and hospitality businesses in the country but with keen consideration to the adherence of established standards.

Meanwhile, MICAT has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that all hospitality and tourism businesses operating in the Country are in compliance with the rules governing the sector.

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