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State extends bars, restaurants operating hours


Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (centre) briefs media on the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine to counties outside the offices of the Council of Governors on March 10, 2021. NMG PHOTO

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  • The state has extended the operating hours in bars and restaurants offering a major relief to pub operators who have been pushing the state to lift the restrictions.
  • Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Thursday that bars and restaurants will now close at 11pm but must observe strict guidelines such as wearing face masks.

The state has extended the operating hours in bars and restaurants offering a major relief to pub operators who have been pushing the state to lift the restrictions.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Thursday that bars and restaurants will now close at 11pm but must observe strict guidelines such as wearing of face masks.

Bars in the country have been operating from 5pm up to 7pm while restaurants have been operating from 8am up to 9pm.

The new measures comes in place barely a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the nationwide curfew, which has been in place since March last year to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“With the removal of curfew hours, we are reverting to closure of bars and restaurants at 11pm or the time allowed by the licensing authorities.

“Protocols on hand washing, social distancing, sanitizing however remains in force.”

The new directive that comes barely a day after Mr Kenyatta lifted the dusk to dawn curfew comes at a time the positivity rate — the proportion of tests coming back positive — climbed sharply by a double-digit from July, raising concerns among health officials.

The rate has however dropped from 14.5 percent on August 15 to 2.0 percent  on October 20 as the government steps up testing and vaccination.

In Kenya, 1,126,850 people have been fully vaccinated up from 746,267 on August 14 while the number of those who have received the first jab has jumped to 4.34 million from two million over the same period.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on October 5 extended the curfew operating hours from 10pm and 4 am up to October 31.



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