President Uhuru Reviews Curfew Hours, Extends to January

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday announced new COVID-19 restriction measures in a bid to contain the second wave of the virus infection.

Addressing the nation after chairing the 6th Extraordinary COVID-19 Summit at State House Nairobi on Wednesday, October 4, President Uhuru Kenyatta revised the nationwide curfew hours from 10pm to 4am.

The Head of State announced that the extended curfew hours to be in effect for 60 days beginning from November 4, 2020 until January 3, 2020.

“The nationwide curfew is extended up to January 3, 2021, and beginning tonight (Wednesday), the curfew will now be enforced between 10pm and 4am,” President Kenyatta said in his address.

President Uhuru also suspended all political gatherings until January 2021 to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

The President hit out at the political class saying that they have failed the nation by holding political gatherings without observing Covid-19 protocols.

DP Ruto addressing a roadside rally in Muranga County. Photo/Courtesy

“Those wishing to have such meetings should do them in town halls and limit attendees to a third of the capacity of the halls.”

“We as the leaders have failed our people by holding political gatherings without observing the social distancing measures,” said President Kenyatta.

On matters of lockdown, the President warned that the national government may be forced to introduce localized lockdowns on specific counties where coronavirus infections are seen to be rising rapidly.

“Where there is an upsurge of COVID-cases in a specific county, the national government will consult the affected county to issue localized lockdowns and movement restrictions as may be necessary to stem the spread of the disease.”

He also urged the Private sector to partner with the Government in a campaign dubbed ‘No mask no service’.

“And to enhance civic responsibility, national and county governments have resolved that going forward services will not be rendered to anyone who does not abide by Ministry of Health protocols. I call on the private sector to join government in the public campaign dubbed ‘No Mask, No Service’.” President Uhuru said.

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