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Car boot vegetable shops, gym sessions: Nairobians resume 'normal' life

In Summary

• While some took to the gyms in their estates, perhaps to shed the weight they accumulated from being indoors and eating too much, others returned to their places of work.

• Youths sprayed graffiti in the city's buildings to sensitize Kenyans on the importance of wearing masks and maintaining hygiene to beat the coronavirus.

Many residents of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, have gone back to 'factory settings' - engaging in the activities they did before the pandemic struck. See story https://bit.ly/36tsBpp

Many residents of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, have gone back to 'factory settings' - engaging in the activities they did before the pandemic struck.

While some took to the gyms in their estates, perhaps to shed the weight they accumulated from being indoors and eating too much, others returned to their places of work.

Youths sprayed graffiti in the city's buildings to sensitize Kenyans on the importance of wearing masks and maintaining hygiene to beat the coronavirus.

Food vendors along Kiambu Road on May 26, 2020.
Food vendors along Kiambu Road on May 26, 2020.
Image: MERCY MUMO

Elsewhere, traders on Kiambu Road drove their vehicles, parked and set up their  car boot shops on the roadside as they sold fresh produce, including potatoes and vegetables.

On Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said a time will come when Kenya will be reopened.

"I have told my Cabinet Secretaries that we cannot stay in lockdown forever. But if we open up the country by lifting the restrictions and the virus continues to spread, it will be our fault for not taking the precautions outlined," he said.

 "If we follow the government measures, we shall rise.. we shall overcome... ."

Kenya has 1,286 Covid-19 cases as at Monday. 

Mathare resident Kevin Ouma works out on May 26, 2020.
Mathare resident Kevin Ouma works out on May 26, 2020.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Graffiti artist John Mutua sprays images to sensitize the public on the importance of wearing face masks in Mathare,
Graffiti artist John Mutua sprays images to sensitize the public on the importance of wearing face masks in Mathare,
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Mathare resident in the gym on May 26, 2020.
Mathare resident in the gym on May 26, 2020.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Graffiti artist in Mathare,
Graffiti artist in Mathare,
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Mathare resident in the gym on May 26, 2020.
Mathare resident in the gym on May 26, 2020.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Business as usual in Mathare Area 4 on 26th May 2020.
Business as usual in Mathare Area 4 on 26th May 2020.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Graffiti artist in Mathare,
Graffiti artist in Mathare,
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI