President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the maximum number of persons allowed to attend weddings and funerals has been reviewed upwards from 15 to 100.
In his address to the nation on Wednesday, August 26, the Head of State revealed the declining number of new COVID-19 infections in the country show that Kenya is on the path to victory against COVID-19.
President Kenyatta also extended the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew and lifted the ban of alcohol sales in licensed hotels with residents.
The countrywide curfew from 9pm to 4am will remain in place for another 30 days.
President Kenyatta also extended the closure of bars and pubs for another 30 days, with restaurants ordered to close by 8pm. However he ordered stakeholders to come up with self-regulating mechanisms before reopening.
He also lifted the ban on sale of secondhand clothes, with details of protocols on same to be announced on Thursday August 27.
The address followed a meeting with the National Emergency Response Committee.
This comes as the country reported 213 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday August 25, pushing the total number of confirmed infections across the country to 33,016.
According to the Ministry of Health, five new deaths have brought the total number of deaths to 564. There are now at least 19,296 people who have recovered from the virus.
In six months battling the disease, the President also revealed that the infection rate has dropped significantly from a high of 13 percent to eight percent in August.
“This is very encouraging and it means if we keep our civic responsibility high, we have a chance to reach the five per cent positivity rate recommended by the World Health Organisation for a total reopening our economy and country,” the President revealed in his televised address from State House.
Even with the gains, the President cautioned against dropping the guard since the disease still poses a threat to Kenyans.
Of major concern, he continued, is the wave of infection that is now moving from the original hotspots of Mombasa and Nairobi- to rural villages in the counties.
“Although we have done well in our attempt to flatten the curve, this crisis has now started to increase in the counties. The new frontier of this invisible enemy is increasingly shifting to the counties and into our rural areas,” he pointed out.
He directed Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi to work in conjunction with the Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya in organising a national consultative conference to review the progress made so far in COVID-19 response.