Police officers in Nakuru were on Saturday night embroiled in a four-hour standoff with the revelers who were partying during curfew hours.
This is after the officers raided SEBS bar in Nakuru town around 12.30am where over 500 revelers had gathered to party.
However, things turned ugly after the erratic patrons stood their ground, refusing to be arrested and started attacking the cops with beer bottles.
Overwhelmed by the crowd, police officers lobbed teargas at them forcing the revelers to escape through the windows on the first floor before fleeing the scene.
At the end of the raid, 86 people were arrested and carted off to various police stations within the city.
According to the police report, the 86 were arrested for contravening the COVID-19 protocols.
They will be arraigned in court on Monday, November 9.
The officers added that the bar’s license will be cancelled.
This comes as the security officers move to enforce Covid-19 protocols set for entertainment joints following an order by President Uhuru Kenyatta that require bars and hotels to be closed at 9pm.
During his address to the nation on Wednesday, November 4 announced stricter measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus which has killed more than 1,000 in the country.
The President also ordered the Interior Ministry to form special unit team to enforce compliance of Covid-19 protocols at both the National and County level.
The team will include officials from the National Police Service, the national administration and County Inspectorate.
“To enforce compliance at both the National and County level, I, direct that the Ministry of Interior constitutes a Special Enforcement Unit made up of the National Police Service, National Government Administration Officers and supplemented by the County Government inspectorate units to jointly enforce compliance to COVID Protocols,” President Uhuru added.
Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai also warned Kenyans that those found contravening the guidelines risk an instant fine of Ksh.20,000.