Lockdown returns in Nairobi; see all measures

Friday, March 26th, 2021 17:25 |
A police officer confronts a man when implementing the curfew. Photo/File

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday announced the restriction of movement in and out of the Nairobi metropolitan area, as a measure to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. Machakos, Kiambu, Nakuru and Kajiado counties were also included in the lock-down.

All public gatherings and physical meetings were suspended in the five counties until further notice.

The Head of State also announced the cancellation of physical Cabinet meetings except for the National Security Council. Speakers of Parliaments were also directed to suspend normal sittings. County Assembly sessions for Nairobi, Machakos, Nakuru, Kajiado and Kiambu were also suspended.

Uhuru also ordered international visitors to Kenya to possess a certificate to declare all visitors as Covid-19 free. The certificates should be for tests taken at most in the last 72-hours.

Curfew hours for Nairobi and the four counties was revised to start at 8.00pm and end 4.00am. The curfew hours for the rest 42 counties will remain as they were. The new curfew rule will take effect on Saturday, March 27.

The Health and the Interior Ministries were directed to offer new curfew passes and revoke the existing inter-county and curfew pass licenses.

Physical worship services for religious groups in Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru were suspended and the rest 42 counties ordered to observe a one-third rule of the sitting capacity.

Physical learning was also suspended in all institutions, with the exception of the students sitting their KCSE exams. Sporting activities were also suspended.

Bars in Kiambu, Machakos, Nairobi, Kajiado and Nakuru were also ordered to be closed. Eateries in these five counties were restricted to sell only take-away items. The rest 42 counties were ordered to observe the existing bar and restaurant rules.

Other State bodies were ordered to eliminate unnecessary physical contacts in the institutions within their precincts to lower the risk of Covid-19 exposure.

For burials, Uhuru ordered the attendance to be capped at 70 and funerals to take place within 72 hours after death. All other ceremonies should have a maximum of 30 people.

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