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Details of President Uhuru’s Labour Day speech on cessation of movement and curfew hours

President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the cessation of movement in the five zoned counties namely; Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru on Saturday, May 1, 2021 during the Labour Day celebrations.

In his statement, the head of state stated that the Covid-19 positivity rate has gone down in the last one month and therefore lifted the cessation movement and curfew hours.

“Given the expert evidence we have received and on the counsel of the National Security Council and the National Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19, I have on this day issued Public Order No.

3 of 2021, as follows: 

With regard to the Zoned Area comprising of the counties of Nairobi, Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado and Nakuru, it is directed that the cessation of movement into and out of the zoned area be and is hereby lifted; 

That the hours of curfew in the Zoned Area are revised to commence at 10:00pm and end at 4:00am, with effect from mid-night on this 1st day of May, 2021, until otherwise directed; 

That in-person and congregational worship shall resume in strict fidelity to the guidelines issued by the Inter-Faith Council and Ministry of Health. However, the attending congregation is capped to 1/3 (One-third) of the capacity of the place of worship; 

That the operations of restaurants and eateries in the Zoned Area shall resume in accordance with the guidelines issued jointly by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. Restaurants are encouraged to utilize outdoor spaces to maximize on physical and social distancing. 

The head of state issued the following orders to the entirety of the Republic of Kenya; 

That all our education institutions in all levels of learning shall re-open in accordance with the calendar issued by the Ministry of Education; 

That the resumption of sporting activities shall be guided by the regulations to be issued by the Ministry of Health jointly with the Ministry of Sports; 

That all bars in the territory of the Republic are to operate until 7:00 P.M.

That all employers and enterprises are encouraged to allow employees to work from home, with the only exception being with respect to employees working in critical or essential services that cannot be delivered remotely; 

That all hospitals are directed to limit the number of visitors for hospitalized patients to one visitor per patient per day;

That the prohibition against political gatherings is extended until otherwise directed;

That all the other containment measures and guidelines that are not expressly set-out in this Address remain in force, and shall be enforced dutifully. 

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Written by Kennedy Omondi

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