Kenyans flocked Nyali beach in Mombasa despite a ban imposed on social gatherings ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta's state address on Monday, July 6.
Kenyans turned out in numbers to enjoy the beautiful scenery and swim as they gave varying reasons for defying the restriction on visiting public beaches.
"Staying for long at home brings about stress and pressure, at least every weekend, one should get a chance to enjoy while people also earn a living here," noted a woman.President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at State House on May 23, 2020PSCU
"We believe that the salty water is a good sanitiser so we ask the authorities to listen to our pleas and open up so that we continue with our work," explained a man.
A woman at the beach noted that she left the house because she was bored of working from home and came to "have a good time".
This came even as the country recorded 308 positive Covid-19 cases on Sunday, July 5, with numbers continuing to grow at an alarming rate.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to address the nation on Monday after the expiry of the 30-day curfew and cessation of movement order.
Back on Sunday, March 15, Mombasa County ordered the indefinite closure of public beaches and recreation areas including Mama Ngina Waterfront Park to prevent cases of the deadly coronavirus.
A number of Kenyans have anticipated that the president will reopen the economy that has been severely affected by the pandemic.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, June 26, disclosed plans to lift the lockdown that has restricted movement into and out of Nairobi and Mombasa counties as a measure meant to curb the spread of coronavirus.
There has been divided opinion on whether the president should lift some of the Covid-19 restrictions amid the rising number of cases.
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