Government of Kenya Revises Movement and Flight Restrictions
Event: President Uhuru Kenyatta announced today that the cessation of movement order that barred entry into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties will lapse on Tuesday, July 7th at 04:00. Any movement by public transport vehicles into and out of these areas requires transport providers to first acquire mandatory certification from the Ministry of Health, in consultation with the Ministry of Transport.
However, the nationwide curfew, enforced between 9pm and 4am daily, is extended an additional 30 days. The prohibition against social and political gatherings is extended for an additional 30 days. Bars shall operate as ‘take away’ only and restrictions on the number of persons who can attend weddings and funerals is extended or an additional 30 days.
Places of worship may begin phased re-opening in conformity with applicable guidelines developed by the Inter-Faith Council. Guidelines mandate a maximum of one hundred (100) participants allowed at each worship ceremony and must not be more than one hour in duration. In-person worship shall not include congregants under age thirteen (13) years or over fifty-eight (58) or persons with underlying health conditions. Sunday schools and madrassas will remain suspended until further notice.
Further, domestic air travel will resume on July 15th under Ministry of Health and Transport guidelines. International flights will resume August 1st.
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