Uhuru Locks Down Nairobi, 4 Other Counties

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta during a previous press briefing
    President Uhuru Kenyatta during a previous press briefing
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, March 26, directed a cessation of movement by road, rail or air into and out of the disease-infected counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru.

    The directive will be effected on Friday, March 26, at midnight.

    "That fully conscious that 70% of Kenya's reported cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru, these counties are individually and collectively declared a disease-infected area.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking on March 26, 2021.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking on March 26, 2021.
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    "There shall be a cessation of all movement by rail, road, all air, into and out of the disease infected area as one zoned area comprising of the counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru effective midnight tonight until otherwise notified," the president stated.

    The curfew in these countries will begin at 8pm and end at 4am effective tonight. The other Counties will, however, continue with the 10pm to 4am curfew.

    Further, the president stated that the government had vacated all curfew passes until a review by the Ministry of Interior is done. 

    The president further suspended meetings of whatever nature in the same Counties until further notice.

    "That all in-person meetings of the cabinet and its committees with exception of the meetings of the National Security Council are suspended until further notice.

    The in-person worship in Nairobi, Nakuru, Machakos, Kiambu, and Kajiado, was also suspended in the Counties until further notice. Other counties to be allowed in person religious engagements but to adhere to the one-third rule of the capacity of religious institutions. 

    Operations of bars were also suspended in the same Counties. Similarly, the sale of alcohol in restaurants and eateries in the five (5) Counties is prohibited, until further notice.

    On the other hand, restaurants and eateries in the Counties of Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru were directed to provide takeaway services only.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation from State House on March 12, 2021
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation from State House on March 12, 2021
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