President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the lifting of the travel lockdown in the Covid-19 high risk zone of five counties. The President had on 26th March 2021 announced cessation of movement into and out of the counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Nakuru as a block.
In his speech on Labour Day celebrations at State House, Nairobi, on Saturday, he said the curfew would remain from 10pm to 4am. Bars, meanwhile, will be allowed to operate until 7pm while restaurants will resume normal operations.
“That the hours of curfew in the Zoned Area are revised to commence at 10 pm and end at 4 am, with effect from midnight on this 1st day of May, 2021, until otherwise directed,” he stated.
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The President added that the lifting of containment measures comes after the COVID-19 positivity rate went down in the last one month. “Data from our medical experts suggests the same trend in the zoned area we put on lockdown during my March 26th, 2021 address. After one month of lockdown, COVID caseload within the zoned area has come down by 72%.” the president noted.
Uhuru also announced that schools will reopen this month as planned, but raising concerns on how this will fit in with surging Covid-19 infections. Schools will reopen on 10th May and close on 16th July 2021 to mark the end of an academic year. This means that from May to July period, schools will operate without form One and form four candidates for the first time in history.
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Uhuru’s lifting of the lockdown comes as businesspeople and Kenyans at large raised concerns about the state of the economy following restrictions. Activists had on Saturday convened in Nairobi’s CBD and planned a protest march to State House to demonstrate against the measures causing pain in Kenyans’ pockets.
The Head of State further announced that places of worship have been reopened amidst strict fidelity to the guidelines issued by the Inter-Faith Council and Ministry of Health.
“We as citizens must exercise continuous civic responsibly. We must not overwhelm our health system by acting irresponsibly and rising the rate of admissions into our hospitals unnecessarily,” he said while addressing the country.
President Kenyatta warned that political gatherings are still banned.