Nairobi, Mombasa re-opened as Nationwide curfew is extended by another 30 days

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a lapse in the cessation of movement in Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa and Mandera counties effective Tuesday, June 7, 2020 at 4:00 am.

Speaking during the national address at Harambee House on Monday, President Kenyatta however announced an extension in the Nationwide curfew by another 30 days.

President Kenyatta further added that should the situation worsen in the next 21 days, then the various hot spots will return to a lock down.

“Should the situation deteriorate and pose a challenge to our health infrastructure, we will have to revert to lockdown. In the next 21 days we shall study patterns of interaction and spread of the disease. Any trends that signal a worsening of the pandemic, we shall have no choice but to return to lock down at zero option,”  he said

However as the cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mandera and Mombasa counties has been lifted, President Kenyatta directed that  there will be no movement of public transport in the areas without the right certifications from the Ministry of Health.

Uhuru said that to operate PSV vehicles, the operators will require certification from ministry of Health in consultation with the transport ministry.

“There will be no movement of public transport without the providers being compliant,” he said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta further directed that places of worship in the country be reopened following the protocols developed by the Inter Faith Council.

The President said the places of worship will resume to  normal operations under strict measures to curb further spread of the disease.

The president directed that a service should not last  more than one hour, but said Sunday Schools and madrassas will remain suspended.

Uhuru also announced that congregants should be above 13-years old and below 58-years-old under the new guidelines.

President Kenyatta further announced that local flights will resume operations under strict guidelines on Wednesday July 15, 2020.

International flight operations will however remain suspended until August 1,2020.

“This will be in strict conformity with all protocols from the Ministry of Health, local as well as international civil aviation authorities and any additional requirements applicable at the ports of departure arrival or transit,” he added

Restrictions on political gatherings and any other gatherings remain in place for the next 30 days.

Restrictions on the number of people allowed to attend weddings and funerals will also still be in place for another 30 days.

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