Authorities in Kenya issued a statement on the 3rd of January noting that certain measures and restrictions that are currently put in place with the aim to curb the spread of COVID-19, would be extended to March 12. Among the extended measures is the nightly curfew and the new amendments to the rules regarding gatherings.
- A nationwide curfew is in effect from 22:00 pm – 04:00 am. Any person violating the curfew will be arrested and placed in a 14-day quarantine.
- All public events and gatherings, including political events, are banned for 60 days. Funerals, burials, and weddings are exempted but must not exceed 150 persons.
- Religious services are allowed to take place.
- Public transport is limited to 60 percent of their total capacity.
- Protective face coverings must be worn in public areas, including in private vehicles and while using public transportation. (Masks, shields, buffs)
- Schools reopened on the 4th of January 2021. Strict health measures are in place to ensure that all learners are safe.
- Bars, restaurants, and other establishments open to the public must close at 21:00 daily.
- Domestic and international flights are ongoing.
- Travelers from most states are exempt from quarantine upon arrival, find out before you travel to Kenya if your state are exempt or whether you need to go into quarantine.
- Travelers will be permitted to enter if they are in possession of a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken no later than 96 hours prior to arrival and if the individual are not showing COVID-19 symptoms. Any individual that are displaying symptoms or were in close proximity to someone who showed symptoms may be requested, upon arrival, to quarantine for 14 days.
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By Sylvia Waiganjo