President Uhuru Kenyatta has reopened Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties effective Tuesday, July 7, at 4 am.
Making the announcement on Monday on the steps of Harambee House in Nairobi, President Kenyatta said that should the situation deteriorate and pose a challenge to the infrastructure, the lockdowns will be reimposed.
However, President Kenyatta extended the national curfew for a further 30 days.
Further, the announced the phased reopening of churches in strict conformity with all health protocols.
Only 100 congregants will be allowed in places of worship at any given time and services will not last for more than one hour.
However, children under the age of 13 and those over 58 years or people with underlying conditions will be allowed in places of worship. Besides, the President also ordered Sunday school remain closed until further notice.
Following consultations with education stakeholders, President Kenyatta directed that stakeholders notify the public on the resumption of the 2020 academic calendar for basic education and tertiary education.
“There shall be no movement of public vehicles into areas previously under lockdown without proper approvals from the ministries of Health and Transport,” said Mr. Kenyatta.
The Head of State also announced the reopening of Kenya’s skies to international travel effective August 1, 2020, while local flights will resume much earlier beginning July 15.
Even as many sectors were reopened, the President extended restrictions on public gatherings, including political rallies, weddings, and funerals for another 30 days.