COVID-19 DISRUPTION

Firms adjust hours to comply with curfew

Begins 7pm tonight.

In Summary
  • Cooperative Bank will now be open from 9am to 3pm on Monday to Friday and from 9am to 12.30pm on Saturday.
  • Tuskys retail outlets will close at 6pm and open at 7am but will continue processing orders placed on its alternative channels round the clock.
President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta
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Banks, supermarkets and other service providers have adjusted their working hours in readiness to comply with the curfew that comes into effect tonight.

The curfew is one of the measures put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus. The country so far has 31 confirmed cases, one fatality and one recovery. 

Cooperative Bank has announced new working hours. The bank will now be open from 9am to 3pm on Monday to Friday and from 9am to 12.30pm on Saturday.

Tuskys supermarket has made significant adjustments to its staffing, logistics and supply chain operations for smooth running.

“All the firm’s retail outlets will close at 6pm and open at 7am but will continue processing orders placed on its alternative channels round the clock,” CEO Dan Githua said 

The retailer has adjusted its restocking schedules for essential products such as milk, bread and vegetables, among other perishables, which are typically delivered in the wee hours of the morning.

Quickmart Supermarket sent out a statement saying all its branches will open at 7am and close at 5.30pm so staff are able to get to and from work without getting into trouble with the authorities.

“This also applies to our 24-hour stores in Lavington, Jipange-Thika Road, Chaka-Hurlingham, Rongai Express, Doonholm and Buruburu,” CEO Peter Kangiri said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the curfew on Wednesday, the first one in the country since the 1982 attempted coup.

Only those providing essential services such as medical professionals, health and security workers, are exempted. 

Edited by Josephine M. Mayuya