Sh20,000 fine for not wearing mask still in place - Mutyambai

In Summary

•This comes as the country waits for an address from President Uhuru Kenyatta regarding the surge in coronavirus cases.

•The president convened an extraordinary session of the National and County Governments Co-ordinating Summit to discuss the rising Covid-19 cases.

Kenyans wearing face masks
Kenyans wearing face masks
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Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has warned members of the public against not wearing masks in public places.

The IG said on Monday, during his weekly Twitter engagement with Kenyans, that the fine of Sh20,000 for not wearing masks is still in place.

“Being in public without a mask attracts a fine of Sh20,000,” Mutyambai said.

He however said that police officers are to enforce this within the law and no one is allowed to use excessive force while implementing this directive.

Mutyambai also urged the public to report or share instances where the police are using excessive force to implement this directive with his office, IAU, or IPOA for action.

This comes as the country waits for an address from President Uhuru Kenyatta regarding the surge in coronavirus cases.

The president convened an extraordinary session of the National and County Governments Co-ordinating Summit to discuss the rising Covid-19 cases.

In a statement by State House spokesperson Kanze Dena on Wednesday, she said the session will be held on November 4.

"The extraordinary session has been convened in light of the resurgence of Covid-19 infections across our Nation, as exhibited by the fact that Kenya has recorded its highest number of Covid-19 monthly fatalities in October 2020," the statement read.

The country has continued to report more cases of the virus, with more than one thousand deaths.