Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the ban of movement in and out of the Nairobi metropolitan area and the counties of Mombasa and Mandera which had been imposed as a measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.
“I order and direct that the cessation of movement into and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan area, Mombasa County and Mandera County shall lapse at 4am tomorrow,” said Kenyatta.
His decision to partially reopen the country was inspired by the country meeting a “reasonable level of preparedness” to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has however extended the 9pm-4am countrywide curfew for the next 30 days.
All public transport providers operating in aforementioned three areas that were on lockdown will however require approval from the Ministry of Health on compliance of safety protocols.
“There shall be no movement into and out of areas previously under movement restrictions without the public transport providers being compliant with all protocols developed by the ministry of health. To operate PSVs, the operators will require mandatory certification from Ministry of Health, in consultation with ministry of Transport,” said Uhuru.
Meanwhile, he warned that the order to reopen had been made conditionally, noting that should the situation get worse over the next 21 days, the country will revert to lock-down.