President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday September 28 has extended the dusk to dawn curfew imposed nationwide to contain the spread of COVID-19 for a further 60 days.
However he has varied it from 9PM-4AM to 11PM-4AM, in his 12th address to the nation following the national COVID-19 conference at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). The changes will be effected from Tuesday September 29.
Uhuru also announced the reopening of bars but announced that they would be closed each day at 10pm. The same closing time goes for the hotels.
“Unaweza kukunywa pombe (you can drink now),” Uhuru said.
He noted that it was important to take caution arguing that the second wave is likely to be stronger.
Uhuru also announced weddings can have a maximum of 200 people, up from 100.
“The prohibition against the operation of bars and the prohibition against the sale of alcoholic drinks and beverages by ordinary restaurants and eateries shall stand vacated,” he added.
In the new guidelines, the head of state also directed that church gatherings be allowed to hold up to a third of their normal capacity.
The places of worship will, however, be expected to adhere to COVID-19 measures provided by the Ministry of Health.
He further noted that in the six months since the pandemic hit the country, Kenya made bigger strides in the healthcare industry as opposed to investments made in the sector since independence.
“In this period of six months we have actually installed more medical equipment than has ever happened since our country’s independence.” he noted.
The President, however, disclosed that schools will not yet reopen until it is established it’s safe to do so.
“Learning institutions should only be reopened when we have and can sufficiently guarantee the safety of all our children. Let us not focus on when schools will reopen but on how they will reopen.” he addressed.
He also lauded the country’s efforts in containing the pandemic ever since the measures imposed to curb the spread were implemented.
“Since we started the containment measures crime has exhibited a 21% average decline and traffic accidents have reduced by an average of 10%,” he added.