Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Friday, 20th March, directed all supermarkets and shopping malls to limit the number of shoppers in order to comply with “social distancing” guideline on the novel Covid-19.

Addressing the media at the ministry’s Afya House headquarters in Nairobi, CS Kagwe said supermarkets should also disinfect their premises several times a day.

“Supermarkets are required to limit the number of shoppers at any given time. They should encourage home delivery services. They must disinfect their facilities several times a day. We encourage them to open for 24 hours where feasible as the government will provide security,” he said.

The CS said the number of shoppers allowed inside the building should be determined by the size of the premises.

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“A queue management system must be established to control the crowds outside the supermarket and priority be given to the elderly, expectant mothers and people living with disabilities,” Kagwe said.

The CS advised that only one family members should go shopping and children should not be dragged along as “social distancing” must be observed at all times.

“While going to supermarkets, let me reiterate, it is one person at a time. We do not expect people to go to supermarkets or other social areas bunched together with their children. Leave them at home,” he said.

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