Non-essential sectors’ employees to leave workplace early to beat curfew

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 00:00 |
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i at a past function. Photo/PD/FILE

Workers who are not designated as critical or essential service providers will have to leave their work places not later than 4pm after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i issues a legal notice.

The Inter-governmental Consultative meeting on the National Response to the Coronavirus pandemic yesterday came up with a raft of measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus.

Matiang’i and the chairperson of the Council of Governors yesterday co-chaired the consultative meeting between the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee (NDICCC) and the Executive Committee (EXCO) of the Council of Governors.

“In order to facilitate compliance with the nationwide curfew, the CS Interior shall cause the issuance a corrigendum to the Legal Notice that put the curfew in place; requiring all employers to ensure that their staff who are not designated as critical or essential services providers leave the workplace no later than 4pm,” the meeting resolved.

The meeting also resolved that all County Governments will immediately waive cess levies on all food items, in order to facilitate the efficient movement of food, guarantee affordability of food items, essential household goods and critical supplies as Kenya combats the pandemic.

“Both tiers of Government shall fully support the ongoing engagement of local industry in mass production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),” they said.

They also agreed that protocols for the management of food supply chains, markets, enhanced transport logistics, augmentation of sanitation and the operation of County Health Facilities be immediately implemented.

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