Curfew extended to January, state workers above 58 years to work from home

President Uhuru Kenyatta during his address at State House, Nairobi. The president issued new directives to help in mitigation of the spread of the new wave of COVID-19./COURTESY

The nationwide dusk to dawn curfew has been extended until 3rd January 2021.

Speaking at State House, Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta also reviewed the curfew time from 11 pm, hence the curfew will now start from 10 pm to 4 am.

The extension came just 38 days since the President eased the directives following a decline in COVID-19 positivity rates.

The President also directed that all state and public officers, with the exemption of those serving in critical sectors, aged above 58 years to work from home, in a move to protect government staffers drawn from vulnerable groups and are immuno-compromised.

“Today I direct all Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries to scale down all in-person engagements within government, and to take appropriate steps to foster the discharge of their mandates by themselves and their officers through virtual means where possible,” said President Kenyatta.

No more political gatherings and campaigns

In his address, President Kenyatta also suspended political gatherings and rallies for the next 60 days.

“All political gatherings and rallies are suspended for a period of 60 days and this to take effect immediately and anyone wishing to hold any meetings should do so in townhalls and in doing so must observe all COVID protocols including limiting the attendees to one third sitting capacity of the hall and the wearing of face masks.

Other directives that the president issued include; closure of bars, restaurants and eateries at 9pm and denial of government services to persons without masks.