Uhuru lifts cessation of movement in five zoned counties, reviews curfew time

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Photo: Courtesy]

Kenyans have a reason to smile as President Uhuru Kenyatta on May 1 lifted the cessation of movement imposed in Kiambu, Nakuru, Kajiado, Machakos and Kiambu.

The zoned counties have been under cessation since mid-March. The new directive will take effect from Saturday midnight.

Uhuru also directed that curfew hours in the zoned counties to start at 10 pm and end at 4 am.

Consequently, bars and pubs will be allowed to resume operations but strictly close at 7 pm.

Also, in-person and congregational worship shall resume in strict compliance with the Inter-Faith Council guidelines.

On this, churches, mosques and temples shall not exceed a third of the capacity of worshippers according to Ministry of Health guidelines.

Further, operations of restaurants and eateries in the zoned area shall resume in strict compliance issued by the government. The facilities are encouraged to utilize outdoor spaces to maximize physical and social distancing.

Schools will also resume on May 10 according to the Ministry of Education calendar.

The President issued these directives during Labour Day celebrations at State House. The fete was attended by a few people including Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) boss Francis Atwoli.

It came against pleas from different sectors asking the President to lift the restrictions citing hard times.