Kwale’s open-air markets reopened days after lifting of cessation of movement

Ibiza market in Kwale county.The county government has ordered markets reopened PHOTO LAWRENCE SITA

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya gave the green light for the reopening of open-air markets that were ordered closed down when the county recorded the first case of COVID-19 in March.

In a communiqué on Monday, the governor said that markets will operate with guidelines issued by public health officers.

The communiqué came after the governor after chaired a meeting with the county emergency response team.

“Governor Mvurya stated that the earlier measures which were announced at the beginning of the pandemic will further be extended for 30 days” the communiqué read.

The measures include the suspension of daily and monthly parking fees for motor vehicles, tuk-tuks,boda bodas and private vehicles.

Kwale residents will continue receiving free outpatient treatment in county hospitals for the next thirty days While market entry and stall fees remain scrapped for the next thirty days.

The changes come just a few days after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted a no entry and no exit order issued on Kwale and Kilifi counties in April.

On Sunday, the county recorded one case of Coronavirus against neighboring Mombasa’s 47 cases.