Uhuru Extends Nationwide Curfew

File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta
File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, August 26, announced the extension of the nationwide curfew for another 30 days in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Speaking from State House during the 11th presidential address on coronavirus, the president declared that the curfew would continue to be enforced from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

"That the nationwide curfew that is currently in force between the hours of 9pm to 4am daily id hereby extended for a further 30 days," the president declared.

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation on August 26, 2020.
President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation on August 26, 2020.

Additionally, the president stated that the ban on the sale of second-hand clothing would be lifted and details of how operation would be conducted would be announced by the government on Thursday, August 27.

He directed that the Ministry of sports, culture and heritage to issue issue guidelines on the gradual resumption of sporting events in Kenya.

On the ban of sale of alcohol in restaurants and eateries, the head of state announced that it had been lifted. He noted, however, that the closure of bars and nightclubs would continue for a further 30 days.

"The prohibition against the sale of alcohol by licensed hotels with residence is vacated.  In the next 30 days, bar owners, in consultation with the Ministry of Health will develop self-regulating mechanisms as part of their civic responsibility to their clientele, in order to allow their resumption," he stated.

Uhuru acknowledged that the infections had reached a more manageable level with experts indicating that the infection rate had fallen from 13% in June to 8% in August.

He declared that the maximum number of persons permitted to attend funerals and weddings was reviewed upwards to 100, insisting that those in attendance had to abide with Ministry of Health Protocols.

The president also acknowledged that majority of Kenyans had exercised a reasonable level of civic responsibility in observing COVID Protocols. 

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