More than 200 people were arrested in Kampala city for flaunting COVID-19 guidelines while ushering in a new year.

Operations were conducted in various parts of the country yesterday night including in the Kampala metropolitan where they netted several people who were engaged in partying in bars despite being banned.

The operations spearheaded by the division police commanders targeted bars and places like Fame Lounge, Big Zone, casinos, and Wave Bar among others.

The Kampala central police station commanded by Ronald Wotori arrested the highest number of revellers from bars according to one of the police officers who took part in the operations that started about 10:30 pm arrested more than 80 people, Katwe that is commanded by Abraham Nuwagaba arrested more than 70 people who were found in bars.

Another police officer revealed that old Kampala which is commanded by Edrisa Kyeyune also arrested 40 people.

The suspects are currently detained at various police stations as they await police to release them/take them to court where they will be appearing by Monday next week on charges of engaging in acts likely to spread the infectious disease.

It is alleged that some bars were raided after lighting fireworks which were banned by the government.