President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the travel ban in and out of Nairobi and four other counties following a decrease in COVID-19 infections.
Speaking at the State House on Saturday noon during the Labour Day celebrations, the Head of State stated that the closure, which affected Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado, and Naakuru, had resulted in a 74% decrease in infections.
President Kenyatta also announced a revision to curfew hours in the zoned area in Public Order number 3 of 2021, stating that curfew hours will now begin at 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., effective midnight May 1.
“That the hours of curfew in the Zoned Area are revised to commence at 10:00pm and end at 4:00am, with effect from mid-night on this 1st day of May, 2021, until otherwise directed,” Uhuru said.
The ban on in-person and congregational worship has also been lifted; places of worship have been directed to follow Ministry of Health guidelines while maintaining one-third capacity at various sessions.
Restaurants and bars have also been permitted to reopen in accordance with the Health Ministry’s COVID-19 protocols.
“That the operations of restaurants and eateries in the Zoned Area shall resume in accordance with the guidelines issued jointly by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. Restaurants are encouraged to utilize outdoor spaces to maximize on physical and social distancing,” he added.