Govt Sets Curfew at 7PM in 13 Counties

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    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe address the press in May 2021
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  • The government has reviewed curfew to 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. in 13 Counties in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.

    The counties include; Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay and Migori.

    A statement signed by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe indicated that the counties had been declared as a Covid-19 hotspot zone both individually and collectively.

    Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o addresses the media at Kenya School of Government (KSG), Lower Kabete in Kiambu During a Consultative Devolution meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
    Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o addresses the media at Kenya School of Government (KSG), Lower Kabete in Kiambu During a Consultative Devolution meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
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    "Except for essential and emergency services, movement between the hotspot zone and the rest of the country is strongly discouraged," reads the statement in part.

    Other measures applied for the 13 counties include;

    i.) All cross-border cargo drivers shall be required to possess a valid certificate indicating a negative Covid-19 test that was conducted no more than 48 hours before commencing their journey, and each cargo truck shall be limited to only 2 persons per vehicle;

    ii.) That, weekly non-food and livestock markets are hereby suspended in the hotspot zone for a period of 30 days;

    iii.) All public gatherings and in-person meetings of whatever nature are prohibited within the hotspot zone, including house parties and sporting activities;

    iv.) All funerals and interment ceremonies within the hotspot zone shall be conducted within 72 hours of confirmation of death;

    v.) Night Vigils and overnight processions prior to funerals are prohibited within the Hotspot Zone until further notice;

    vi.) That the attendees for funerals within the Hotspot Zone are capped to a maximum of 50 persons until further notice;

    vii.) That the attendees, officiators, and facilitators of weddings, celebrations of marriage or traditional unions, ceremonies of rites of passage, and all other similar events or ceremonies is maintained at 30 persons in total until further notice;

    viii.) All forms of physical/congressional worship (churches, mosques, temples and shrines) in the hotspot counties are suspended for a period of 30 days;

    ix.) All employers including the public and private sector, government offices, businesses and companies in the Hotspot Zone are advised to allow employees to work from home, with the exception of employees working in critical or essential services;

    x.)  In accordance with the Public Order No.3 of 2021, all hospitals within the Hotspot Zone are directed to limit the number of visitors for hospitalized patients to one (1) visitor per patient per time until further notice;

     xi.)  For the avoidance of doubt, the hours of the ongoing nationwide curfew shall continue to be observed in the rest of the country, from 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. daily.

    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i had hinted that tough measures will be put in place following the spread of the Covid-19 Indian variant in the Nyanza and Western Counties.

    Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i addressing the press on Wednesday March, 26
    Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i Addressing the Press on Wednesday March, 26
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