On Monday 6th July 2020 Kenyans were anxiously waiting for a major announcement from the president. The expectations were so high with many hoping restrictions of movement to be eased. Indeed the President Kenyatta addressed the nation and came out with various announcements to the nation. Below are some of the major announcements made by the president.
Cessation on movement
Cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera Counties have been lifted effective tomorrow, 7th July 2020.
According to experts and stakeholders, we have not yet met the irreducible minimum of 100 per cent. However, we have met a reasonable level of preparedness. I, therefore, today announce a phased reopening of the country. – President Uhuru Kenyatta
Reopening worship places
In his speech, the Head of State mentioned that churches will reopen in phases, and only a congregation of 100 people will be allowed at a go.
“I also further direct the following phase measures that places of worship will commence phase re-opening for congregational worship and public in strict conformity with all applicable guidelines and protocols including the self-regulating guideline that have been developed by our friends of the inter-faith council,” said President Kenyatta.
Social and political gatherings
All social and political gatherings will remain banned for another period of 30 days.
“THAT the prohibition against social and political gatherings, of whatever nature, is extended for a further period of 30 days.
THAT the restriction of the operation of bars to ‘take-away’ only, and the restrictions on the number of persons who can attend weddings and funerals is extended for a further period of 30 days” Said Uhuru.
On the increasing number of Gender-Based Violence cases, Kenyatta directed that Social institutions to exercise civic responsibility to bring the unfortunate trends to an end.
“Turning to the social front as my last point, I am concerned by increasing tensions within our homes. Cases of Gender-Based Violence have increased, mental health issues have worsened, and instances of teenage pregnancy have escalated. I appeal to the social institutions, including the religious institutions, to exercise civic responsibility to bring these unfortunate trends to an end” said Uhuru in his speech.
Extension of curfew by 30 days
Nationwide 9pm to 4am curfew has been extended for further 30 days as a precautionary measure to control further spread of Covid-19.