Over 850 arrested and seven bars closed in Kilifi for flouting COVID-19 directives


At least 454 people were arrested in Kilifi for not wearing masks while another 419 found themselves on the wrong side of the law for faulting curfew rules.

According to Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka, they have closed at least seven bars in the last seven days, for flouting COVID-19 directives set to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Speaking after a security meeting held at the Governor’s office in Kilifi, the County Commissioner said they will close more of them if they fault the regulations put in place.

Meanwhile, the county has banned all tournaments and political rallies in the County, saying they have been major attributes in the spread of the virus.

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi also said open air markets will be opened after proper set-up by the county and national government officials to ensure people are wearing masks and exercising social distance.

No trader or customer will be allowed into the market without putting on a mask.

The directives put in place by the County government will be reviewed after two weeks for the county to see the impact they have on the spread of the virus or whether more strict measures should be put in place.

The county will further begin sensitization using public address systems, roadshow and radio talk shows to enlighten people about the dangers of the pandemic.

On Monday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe mentioned Malindi among areas with high infections in the country.