President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday extended the nationwide curfew for a further 60 days which will run from 11 pm to 4 am starting Tuesday.
Speaking during the National COVID-19 Conference held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) on Monday, the President also lifted the ban and sale of alcoholic drinks and beverages by ordinary restaurants and eateries which shall be closed by 10 pm.
“The closing time for all bars, restaurants and eateries shall be 10 pm every day with effect from 29th Sept 2020 and their operations shall be with strict adherence to the applicable guidelines and protocols issued by the Health Ministry.
The President further raised the maximum number of people attending weddings and funerals reviewed upwards from 100 to 200 with strict adherence to all applicable guidelines issued by the Health Ministry.
“In line with the recommendations of the Inter-faith council, the permitted maximum size of religious gatherings is increased to one-third of its normal sitting capacity but with strict adherence to all applicable guidelines,” he said.
President Kenyatta called upon the political class who continue flouting the Health Ministries protocols by holding political gatherings to be mindful of the citizens first.
“The political class is leading the charge in defying the laid down protocols. Hii ugonjwa ikiendelea kusambaza tujiangalie sisi wenyewe mbele ya tuanze kuangalia wananchi,” he said.
The President noted some of the achievements the country had made since the virus entered the country in March this year saying that the possibility of a second wave of the pandemic was real as seen in other countries.
“As an affirmation that the enemy is still within our borders, we continue to record new infections every day. In that regard, to forestall what is happening elsewhere, we must continue adhering to the protocols issued by the Ministry of Health,” said President Kenyatta.
On health care, the President noted of the advances both the national and county governments had made after the country was hit by the pandemic.
“When we were hit by this pandemic in March this year, we had only 8 infectious diseases Isolation beds country-wide,” he added.