President Uhuru lifts the travel ban.
It is obviously a happy day for Kenyans after the presidential speech.
With every rising day bringing forth no hope for a brighter day, today’s speech has given Kenyans a glimpse of hope.
You can watch the entire speech here.
Below is a summary of the COVID 19 6th July address.
Movement allowed by Uhuru
President Uhuru Kenyatta has today announced a phased reopening of the economy by lifting restrictions on movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, and Mandera Counties. As he laid out a plan to reopen the economy battered by the Coronavirus pandemic.
In his address to the nation today, President Kenyatta ruled as follows: Cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, and Mandera Counties shall lapse at 4 am 7th July 2020.
Nationwide curfew currently in force between 9p-4am extended for a further 30 days.
We can attend church!
Places of worship to commence phased reopening for congregational worship. And public participation in strict conformity with all applicable guidelines and protocols issued by the Interfaith Council. And with the limitation of only 100 people allowed at any given time. Religious services not lasting more than an hour.
Sunday schools and made remain closed until further notice.
Schools to resume
Ministry of Education, jointly with all stakeholders, today and not later than tomorrow, notify the public on the resumption of 2020 academic calendar for basic education. As well as tertiary institutions.
There shall be no movement of public transport vehicles into areas previously under the cessation of moment restrictions. Without public transport service providers being in conformance with all protocols, including mandatory authorization from the Ministry of Health.
Air travel to resume
Local air travel within Kenya to resume Wednesday 15th July 2020, in strict conformity with all applicable guidelines form the Ministry of Health and Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.
International air travel shall resume effective 1st August 2020 in strict conformity with all protocols; Local and international civil aviation authorities, and any requirements applicable and points of entry, departure, or transit.
Prohibition of social and public gatherings extended for 30 days.
Restriction on the operation of bars to take-away only. And a number of persons who can attend weddings and funerals extended for 30 days.
Ministries of Health and Industrialisation to establish protocols for the resumption of importation and sale of second-hand clothing.
The National Crime Research Centre to probe the escalating cases of gender-based violence, cases of increased disempowerment of the girl child. And violation of children’s rights and commence prosecutions within 30 days.
”By reopening Nairobi, Mombasa, and Mandera, we must be cognizant of the fact that we are much more at risk than we were before when the restrictions were in place. But we must exercise cautious optimism and avoid reckless abandon,’’ warned President Kenyatta.
President Uhuru Kenyatta who addressed the nation from his Harambee House office added that failure to exercise personal responsibility may force the government to reverse the order.
Be your brother’s keeper.