New Measures Announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta
Today, 26th March 2021, the Head of State Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the nation following the rapid increase in the positivity rate and the number of deaths caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
As a result of the country being affected by the third wave of Covid-19, this led to the President issuing new measures in attempts to contain the virus.
Speaking on Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed cessation of movement by roads, rail, or air in and out of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru counties until further notice.
Uhuru termed the five counties i.e. Nairobi, Kajiado, Nakuru, Machakos, and Kiambu as disease-infested areas.
Further, the President banned in-person meetings of any kind in the named counties until further notice is given.
The President also directed the parliament to go on a recess as well as the regional houses mentioned above.
Curfew to begin at 8 pm and end at 4 am in the counties of Nairobi, Nakuru, Machakos, Kiambu, and Kajiado. Other counties' curfew will go on as currently is, being from 10 pm to 4 am.
Government vacates all curfew passes until a review by the Ministry of Interior is done. In-person worship in Nairobi, Nakuru, Machakos, Kiambu, and Kajiado till further notice.
Other counties to be allowed in person religious engagements but to adhere to the one-third rule of the capacity of religious institutions.
Bars are suspended from operating in Nairobi, Nakuru, Machakos, Kiambu and Kajiado. Restaurants and eateries in the said counties shall provide takeaway services only and are banned from selling alcohol.
Schools, including universities, closed. No further in-person learning. All employees of private and government bodies are directed to have employees working from home until further notice, except those where services cannot be provided remotely.
All hospitals asked to limit the number of visitors to patients to just one per patient. All permitted gatherings to have not more than 50 people. Funerals to be conducted within 72 hours of confirmation of death with just a total of 50 people.
Marriage other similar events to have a total of 30 people. Those above 58 years to be vaccinated in the first phase.