Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has urged public service vehicles (PSV) operators to carry less passengers and all entertainment joints and bars to be closed by 7:30 pm in a bid to check the spread of coronavirus. This is effective Monday 23rd March.
While addressing the media, the CS directed fourteen and twenty five seater matatus to carry a maximum of eight and fifteen passengers respectively. By the same token, thirty seater matatus and the standard gauge railway (SGR) should maintain a maximum sitting capacity of 60%.
Supermarkets have also been ordered to limit the number of shoppers at any given time while Kenyans were encouraged to embrace home delivery services. While queuing for shopping at the supermarkets, special treatment will be given to the elderly and people living with disability.
To maintain high levels of hygiene, shopping outlets have been asked to disinfect several times a day. “Where feasible, supermarkets should open for 24hrs and upon request may be given additional security by the government,” the CS added. Shoppers have also been advised against going to the outlets as a family. Kagwe said open air markets need to observe high levels of hygiene as they are risky environments.
Local market managers were asked to ensure food, especially vegetables, is placed on raised platforms. The Health CS said garbage should be collected daily to ensure cleanliness. Additionally, there will be a fumigation exercise to be carried out at the Gikomba market on Saturday 21st March.
In the same breath, county governments have been asked to prioritize garbage collection and set up soap and clean water points.
Kagwe allayed fears that markets would be closed adding that they would remain open as long as traders observe high levels of cleanliness and social distancing.
The recommendations from the Emergency Response Committee stated that eateries may remain open but maintain social distancing. An online campaign dubbed #KomeshaKorona was also unveiled in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus.
Kagwe said the coming two weeks are the most crucial but the virus can be contained if the public adheres to measures set up by the Health ministry. He was flanked by Government Spokesperson Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna and Nairobi Metropolitan Services director-general Major-General Mohamed Abdalla.