Nationwide curfew extended for 60 days on rising COVID infections

President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide curfew running from 10.00 pm to 4.00 am for a further containment period of 60 days as the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

All physical/in-person public gatherings and meetings, including political rallies and campaign meetings for impending by-elections are suspended with immediate effect for a period of 60 day.

Other social gatherings, including weddings, celebrations of marriage or traditional unions, ceremonies of rites of passage and funeral ceremonies shall strictly adhere to the 100-person attendance limit as prescribed.

Additionally, the prevailing guidelines on funeral/interment ceremonies, and to further enhance compliance with the guidelines thereto, officiators and proprietors of funeral homes are to strictly adhere to the prescribed 96 hours of confirmation of death, and secure processing for burial within the same period.

Places of worship nationwide, shall equally continue to strictly adhere to the one-third rule for in-person worship and congregational worship, and protocols on hygiene and social distancing in accordance with the guidelines of the interfaith council.

The operations of bars, restaurants and eateries shall continue as guided by the Ministry of Health guidelines.

The new guidelines come on the back of an exponential rise in infection rates across several counties, occasioned by unrestrained gatherings and congregations, in breach of guidelines as issued by the Ministry of Health.

National Government Administration Officers have been directed to secure compliance of these directives without fail.

Responsibility and consequence for breach shall be borne by the National Government Administration Officers in whose jurisdiction the breach occurs.

“In enforcing these measures all security sector agencies are directed to ensure that organizers and/or individual leaders, including senior public sector officials and political leaders, take personal responsibility and are held to account for any violation of the measures,” said the President.

The President said the case of Kisumu, Siaya, Homabay, Migori, Busia, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Kisii, Nyamira, Nericho, Bomet and Trans Nzoia, which were previously identified as hotspot zones,  the differentiated curfew hours and specific restrictions are now lifted.

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