President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Education to give guidelines on how schools will reopen in September. The Ministry of Education has also been directed to give the new school calendar by mid-August.
While addressing Kenyans from State House Nairobi, the president said that, after wide and at times inconclusive consultations with experts, he had been left with a tough task of choosing between two good things, not opening and reopening the economy.
Spike in COVID-19 Infections
According to the heath experts, if the COVID-19 containment measures were to be relaxed by 20%, there will be a total 200,000 COVID-19 infections and 30,000 related deaths by December. Relaxing the containment measures by 40 per cent would result in 300,000 infections in November and 40,000 deaths.
Some of the directions given by the president are:
Dusk to Dawn Curfew
The dusk to dawn curfew which had been set to start from 7:00pm to 5:00pm daily has been extended for an additional 30 days. The president however reviewed the curfew hours which will now run from 9:00pm to 4:00am. This, he said, will enable Kenyans to have a full shift at work from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Cessation of Movement
The president lifted the cessation of movement orders placed on Old town area in Mombasa, Eastleigh area in Nairobi, and in Kilifi and Kwale County starting 7th June, 2020 at 4:00am
The president extended the Cessation of movement orders placed on Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa County and Mandera County following the pattern of increased infections in the regions.
County Health Facilities
President Kenyatta reiterated that, as much as he wanted to reopen the economy, counties such as Siaya had very little capacity to handle COVID-19 cases. Siaya, he said, had only 10 isolation beds which were already full. The president said that he will, on Wednesday, have a meeting with the Council of Governors on ways to ensure that each County had a minimum isolation capacity of 300 beds and to set joint protocols on best ways of responding to the pandemic.
Churches, Mosques and Public Gatherings
The Head of State had, on Madaraka day, indicated that the government would review the ban on all public gatherings including in churches, mosques and other places of worship.
The president in his speech directed that the Ministry of Interior led by Dr Fred Matiangi to give recommendations and protocols to be followed for a resumption of public gatherings especially in places of worship.