President Uhuru Kenyatta has today announced new Covid 19 containment measures so as to curb further spread of the deadly disease. Among others, the President has suspended the revised academic calendar; meaning schools may not reopen in May; as earlier planned. See also; Revised School Term dates/ calendar for 2020 to 2023
“There shall be the immediate suspension of all on-going physical learning in all our education institutions including universities and tertiary and vocational colleges, other than for candidates sitting for their examinations and those in medical training institutions, until otherwise notified.” Said the President via a nation address.
He also announced that there shall be cessation of all movement by road, rail, or air into and out of the disease infected area as one zoned area comprising of the Counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru, effective Midnight tonight (Friday night).
All public gatherings and in-person meetings of whatever nature have also been suspended within the Counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru until further notice. Equally suspended are all in-person meetings of the Cabinet and its Committees, with the exception of meetings of the National Security Council.
The hours of the ongoing nationwide curfew are revised to commence at 8:00pm and end at 4:00am in the Zoned Area comprising of the Counties of Nairobi, Machakos,Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru. In that regard, the rest of the country will observe curfew between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. daily, effective tomorrow, Saturday, 27th day of March, 2021
Uhuru announced that all physical/In-person and congregational worship in ALL places of worship in the Counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru stands suspended until otherwise notified. In regard to the other forty-two (42) counties in/person worship and congregational worship shall continue to be conducted in keeping with the one-third rule and in accordance with the guidelines of the Inter-Faith Council;
Sporting activities have also been suspended, similarly operations of sporting and recreational facilities including Members Clubs are suspended until it is otherwise directed;
He directed that employers and enterprises of whatever nature including public bodies, the private sector, government offices, and others to allow employees to work from home, with the exception of employees working in critical or essential services that cannot be delivered remotely, until further notified.
The latest move is as a result of the current third wave of the Covid 19 disease that has seen many infected and hundreds dead.
Here is the full speech by President Uhuru;