KAMPALA — The Police in Kampala has warned football lovers that they will be punished should they risk visiting bars and cinema halls as English Premier League returns to action on Saturday 12.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango in Facebook post the Police will intensify patrols and that offenders will arrested and punished accordingly.
“As Premier league season starts, we want to warn members of the public more so managers and owners of cinema halls, bibanda, bars, betting shops and places of entertainment not to open,” Onyango said.
The directive by President Yoweri Museveni on public gatherings still stands and that Police will carry out foot and motorized patrols targeting such places.
President Museveni announced the suspension of sports activities and closure of cinema halls as well as bars to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Several stakeholders have been pushing for the re-opening of recreation centres as well as places of worship.
Some seven weeks since the 2019-20 season finished, a new Premier League campaign gets under way on Saturday – with 380 matches over the next eight months.
Newly promoted Fulham’s home game with FA Cup winners Arsenal (12:30 BST) marks the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
On the same day, Liverpool begin their title defence at home to Leeds United – back in England’s top flight for the first time since 2004 – at 17:30.
The season starts as it ended in July – behind closed doors – while all 28 Premier League fixtures in September will be televised live.
The campaign will finish on 23 May 2021, fewer than three weeks before the start of Euro 2020, which has been put back a year until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.