[PHOTOS] Ghost town: Uhuru Park empty as Kenyans stay home for Easter

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•A lone Nairobian here and there could be seen at Uhuru Park walking past parked boats.

Easter is usually a time when families throng to Uhuru Park and other entertainment spots to spend quality time, but this time, things were different. See story https://bit.ly/3c21djI

Easter is usually a time when families throng to Uhuru Park and other entertainment spots to spend quality time, but this time, things were different.

While Uhuru Park and other areas in Nairobi's city centre would be a sea of humans during the long Easter holiday, this Good Friday was marked with an empty street.

A lone Nairobian here and there could be seen at Uhuru Park walking past parked boats.

Another could be seen seated on a pavement, staring into the distance.

Jackson Waweru, a photographer, said, "The way things have been going compared to last year... last year from Good Friday to Easter Monday I do make Sh10,000 and today I haven't earned anything .... I've been doing nothing the whole day."

Empty Uhuru Park.
Empty Uhuru Park.
Image: FREDERICK OMONDI
A Kenyan at Uhuru Park on Friday, April 10, 2020. The park is usually a popular spot for Kenyans to spend holidays such as Easter, but coronavirus has kept many home.
A Kenyan at Uhuru Park on Friday, April 10, 2020. The park is usually a popular spot for Kenyans to spend holidays such as Easter, but coronavirus has kept many home.
Image: FREDERICK OMONDI
Machakos Country bus park in Nairobi is empty.
Machakos Country bus park in Nairobi is empty.
Image: FREDERICK OMONDI

President Uhuru Kenyatta urged to keep in good spirits, despite the country facing the formidable enemy that is coronavirus.

"We have refused to give up and we will see the end of Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya," Uhuru said in a statement on Friday.

He urged Kenyans to come together during these tough times to pray and 'come together by staying apart'.

"We have always found inspiration in ourselves and each other to find the sunshine after the storm. We must come together by staying apart and breaking the chain of infection," he said.

By Thursday, Kenya had 184 reported cases of Covid-19.

Empty Uhuru Park.
Empty Uhuru Park.
Machakos Country bus park in Nairobi is empty.
Machakos Country bus park in Nairobi is empty.
Empty CBD.
Empty CBD.
Image: MERCY MUMO
Empty CBD.
Empty CBD.
Image: MERCY MUMO
Empty CBD.
Empty CBD.
Image: MERCY MUMO
Empty CBD.
Empty CBD.
Image: MERCY MUMO