The government has imposed stringent measures in 13 counties in the western region following a Covid-19 blow-up scare.
Declaring Migori, Busia, Kakamega, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya, Bomet, Kericho, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Bungoma, and Trans Nzoia as a coronavirus hotspot zone, collectively, and individually, the National Emergency Committee on Covid-19 has made new recommendations.
Consequently, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has issued the following measures:
1. That a curfew within the hotspot zone shall be observed between 7pm and 4am daily;
2. Except for essential and emergency services, movement between the hotspot zone and the rest of the country is strongly discouraged;
3. All cross-border cargo drivers shall be required to possess a valid certificate, indicating a negative Covid-19 test that was conducted no more than 48 hours before their journey, and each cargo truck shall be limited to only two persons per vehicle;
4. That weekly non-food and livestock markets are hereby suspended in the hotspot zone for a period of 30 days;
5. All public gatherings and in-person meetings of whatever nature are prohibited within the hotspot zone, including house parties and sports;
6. All funerals and interment ceremonies within the hotspot zone shall be conducted within 72 hours of confirmation of death;
7. Night vigils and overnight processions prior to funerals are prohibited within the hotspot zone until further notice;
8. That the attendees for funerals within the hotspot zone are capped to a maximum of 50 persons until further notice;
9. That the attendees, officiators and facilitators of weddings, celebrations of marriage or traditional unions, ceremonies of rites of passage, and all other similar events is maintained at 30 persons in total until further notice;
10. All forms of physical/congressional worship (churches, mosques, temples and shrines) are suspended for a period of 30 days;
11. All employers, including the public and private sector, government offices, businesses and companies in the hotspot zone are advised to allow employees to work from home, with the exception of employees working in critical or essential services;
12. In accordance with the Public Order No.3 of 2021, all hospitals with the hotspot zone are directed to limit the number of visitors for patients to one per patient per time until further notice; and
The implementation of the new directives takes effect on 18th June 2021.