The sale of alcohol in restaurants and eateries has been banned in the counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru until further notice.
Speaking during his second 2021 address to the nation on the situation of COVID-19, President Uhuru Kenyatta also banned the operation of bars in the five counties, which have now been designated as “disease infected areas”.
President Uhuru said that he was compelled to revise COVID-19 measures based on medical and empirical evidence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the five counties.
The five counties have been designated as so owing to the huge number of COVID-19 infections they have been recording ever since his last address, only thirteen days ago.
“Kenya’s admission rate in hospitals has increased by 52 percent ever since my last address. In less than 12 days, our admission in hospitals has increased by 52%. The positivity rate is the highest since the pandemic began and the stress on our health care is unparalleled,” said President Uhuru.
Consequently, President Uhuru has directed that all restaurants and eateries in the zoned areas to offer take-away services only.
This new directives, however, does not affect operation of bars, restaurants and eateries in all the other 42 counties. “Operation of bars, restaurants and eateries in the other 42 counties shall continue in strict conformity of the laid down Ministry of Health guidelines,” added Uhuru.
The President also suspended physical learning in all institutions, including universities and TVETs, except for national exam candidates and medical trainees.
Seventy (70) per cent of Kenya’s COVID-19 infections cases have been recorded in the said five counties.