Gov’t acquires new ferry, commuter coaches to ease social distancing

The government has bought a new ferry to allow for adequate social distancing for residents crossing the Likoni Channel.

Transport CS James Macharia while giving a press brief at Afya House said the new ferry was one of the key interventions put in place to fight against Covid-19.

The CS said the new ferry arrived in Kenya on April 25 and will be launched on Thursday.

Only essential services loading and offloading will remain at the Port of Mombasa. The number of employees has since been reduced from 6,200 to 4,000.

The transport CS to enforce the social distancing measures said that Kenya Railways had also purchased an additional 40 commuter coaches.

“All passengers boarding the commuter trains must pass through the disinfecting tunnels at the vicinity,” he said.

“Nobody will have an excuse not to social distance, Everyone using the train must follow measures at the Railway Station,” he added.

At the same time, the CS said the government has put in place measures to ensure about 350,000 jobs in the horticulture are safeguarded.

He said the government has boosted the export of horticultural produce by adding 12 other airlines to compliment two freighters owned by Kenya Airways.

“We are discussing how this additional capacity will be implemented through these additional 12 airlines which we have agreed will supplement in terms of airlifting the cargo,” the CS said.

Macharia added that all truck drivers are required to be tested before moving to neighbouring countries.

Truck drivers entering the country will be required to provide certificates indicating that they have been tested.

“Truck drivers must also produce a Covid-19 certificate before they are allowed to come in and go out of our border,” Macharia said.

 

 

  

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