President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued new containment measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Addressing the media today from statehouse Nairobi, he said the duration for daily curfew has been revised to begin at 8pm and end at 4am in the counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru effective Saturday 27th March, 2021.
There is also cessation of movement in and out these five counties following the upsurge in the number of covid-19 infections and fatalities.
He said, “There shall be cessation of all movement by road, rail, or air into and out of the disease infected area as one zoned area comprising of the Counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru, effective Midnight tonight, that is Saturday 27th March, 2021; until otherwise notified.”
The president also said that all public and cabinet gatherings of all nature have also been suspended in the five counties; of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru.
Uhuru said, “The Ordinary Sessions of the August Houses including those of their Committees, and the Ordinary Sessions of the County Assemblies of Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru, are hereby suspended, until further notice.”
EATERIES AND BARS
Operation of bars has also been suspended temporarily. Likewise, selling of alcohol in eateries and restaurants in the five prohibited counties has also been prohibited till further notice.
“All restaurants and eateries in the Counties of Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru shall provide takeaway services only,” Uhuru said.
However, travel in and out of the country is still permissible only if the travelers have a negative COVID-19 certificate obtained within a 96 hour time frame.
He said, “All persons coming into the Country must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 PCR Certificate, acquired no more than 96 hours prior to arrival into the Country; with the PCR Certificate also having been validated under the Trusted Travel platform for those travelling by air.”
Addressing the curfew passes and exemptions, the Head of State has directed The Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government jointly with the Ministry of Health to review the protocols for reissuance of curfew passes and exemptions.
He adds that all passes that had been issued earlier are immediately termed as null and void.
In addition to that, all public transport operators have been directed to adhere to the re-designated 60 percent carrying capacity.
All employers and enterprises of all nature that is public bodies, the private sector, government offices, and others have been directed to allow their employees to work from home. This is with exception of employees working in critical or essential services that cannot be delivered remotely, until further notice.
Meanwhile Uhuru has received the AstraZeneca vaccine jab at State House, Nairobi in a move to encourage Kenyans to take important injection amid rising cases.