Uhuru orders closure of bars, restaurant in five counties over virus

All hotels and restaurants to provide take away services only.

In Summary

•Presdent Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended operations of bars in Nairobi, Nakuru, Machakos, Kajiado and Kiambu.

•The president directed that sell of alcohol and eateries in the five counties is also prohibited.

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended operations of bars in Nairobi, Nakuru, Machakos, Kajiado and Kiambu counties.

The president directed that the sell of alcohol and eateries in the five counties is also prohibited.

All hotels and restaurants to provide take away services only.

"The operations of bars, restaurants and eateries in the other 42 Counties shall continue as is, but they shall at all times be conducted in strict fidelity to Ministry of Health Guidelines, failure to which appropriate action against management, staff, patrons, and premises shall be taken," he said.

In his national address on Friday, Uhuru directed that all employers and enterprises of whatever nature including public bodies, the private sector, government offices, and others to allow employees to work from home, with the exception of employees working in critical or essential services.

Following the sharp increase in Covid -19 ceases in the country, the President ordered all hospitals to limit the number of visitors for hospitalized patients to two visitors per patient.

This comes as hospitals report inadequacy of space for patients and beds for critical cases.

"Our third wave began to gain momentum at the beginning of March 2021. This wave is expected to peak in the next 30 days with more than 2,500 to 3,000 cases reported daily," Uhuru said.