President Uhuru Kenyatta has eased the restrictions lifting the cessation of movement into and out of the five counties put in place in March to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
This even as he extended the political gatherings until otherwise directed and that all the other containment measures and guidelines that are not expressly set-out in this address remain in force, and shall be enforced dutifully.
In his Labour Day speech, the President Kenyatta said that the restriction on movement in and out of Machakos, Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru counties will end Saturday midnight.
The President also announced that curfew hours will start at 10pm and end at 4am countrywide with effect from midnight May 1.
All education institutions will reopen as per Education ministry calendar, President Kenyatta said.
While easing the restrictions on Saturday, President Kenyatta announced that restaurants and eateries will reopen with strict adherence to Covid protocols issued by Health ministry with bars ordered to operate until 7pm.
“That the operations of restaurants and eateries in the Zoned Area shall resume in accordance with the guidelines issued jointly by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. Restaurants are encouraged to utilize outdoor spaces to maximize on physical and social distancing.”
In-person and congregational worship to resume countywide but capacity be a third of capacity, President Kenyatta said.
“That in-person and congregational worship shall resume in strict fidelity to the guidelines issued by the Inter-Faith Council and Ministry of Health. However, the attending congregation is capped to one-third of the capacity of the place of worship,” he said.
He directed that all education institutions in all levels of learning re-open in accordance with the calendar issued by the Ministry of Education, adding that the resumption of sporting activities shall be guided by the regulations to be issued by the Ministry of Health jointly with the Ministry of Sports.
President Kenyatta also urged all employers and enterprises to allow employees to work from home, with the only exception being with respect to employees working in critical or essential services that cannot be delivered remotely.
“That all hospitals are directed to limit the number of visitors for hospitalized patients to one visitor per patient per day,” he said.