Uhuru Extends Curfew For 2 Months, Reopens Bars

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the media at State House in September 2020
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Monday, September 28, extended the nationwide curfew for a further two months.

    Speaking after the Covid-19 conference, the Head of State explained that the curfew period had been revised to commence from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. beginning Tuesday, September 29.

    He noted that it was important to take caution arguing that the second wave was likely to be stronger. The president also directed that bars be reopened.

    "The nationwide curfew is extended for a further 60 days, the dusk-to-dawn curfew will run from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. while bars and eateries will be open until 10 p.m.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the National Covid-19 Conference at KICC on Monday, September 28, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the National Covid-19 Conference at KICC on Monday, September 28, 2020.
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    "Unaweza kukunywa pombe (You can now drink alcohol)," he stated.

    Uhuru also reviewed the number of people allowed to attend weddings upwards to 200.

    "The prohibition against the operation of bars and the prohibition against the sale of alcoholic drinks and beverages by ordinary restaurants and eateries shall stand vacated," he added.

    In the new guidelines, the Head of State also directed that church gatherings be increased to up to a third of their normal capacity.

    The places of worship will, however, be expected to adhere to Covid-19 measures provided by the Ministry of Health.

    He further noted that in the six months since the pandemic hit the country, Kenya had made big strides in healthcare compared to investments made in the sector since independence.

    "In this period of six months we have actually installed more medical equipment than has ever happened since our country’s independence.

    "Since we started the containment measures, crime has exhibited a 21% average decline and traffic accidents have reduced by an average of 10%," he added.

    On resumption of learning, Uhuru stated; "Learning institutions should only be reopened when we have and can sufficiently guarantee the safety of all our children. Let us not focus on when schools will reopen but on how they will reopen."

    Watch Uhuru's address below: