Mombasa businesses allowed to open under strict safety measures

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. He says that he will not allow any political gathering to be held in Mombasa and has asked police to arrest leaders found holding them./COURTESY

The Mombasa county government has allowed several businesses that had been earlier closed over the COVID-19 to reopen but under strict health safety conditions.

In a press release jointly signed by governor Ali Hassan Joho and the Mombasa county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo, the premises allowed to resume business include eateries, hotels, and restaurants.

Others allowed to return to business are guest houses, barbershops, salons, spas, indoor games and sports, and second-hand cloth sellers.

The premises will however need to conform to tough measures including filling application forms that will be followed by inspection and vetting before certificates of compliance can be issued to allow them to reopen.

“Continuous monitoring will then be undertaken by a multi-agency team led by the county department of health services,” the press release, read.

The move follows a national government earlier directive to have the economy gradually re-opened under strict safety measures, to allow many Kenyans who had lost livelihood because of the containment measures, to earn their living.

Although this latest communication came this Wednesday, several business premises listed were already operating discreetly weeks prior.