Kenya Lifts Longstanding Mandatory Wearing Of Masks In Public Places

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The mandatory wearing of masks has now been lifted, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has announced.

“However, people should maintain social distancing to ensure risk of spread is limited,” he said.

He however encouraged the wearing of masks during indoor functions to curb the spread of Covid-19 disease.

“All Kenyans to continue to adhere to social measures, ensure frequent hand washing, sanitising and exercise personal responsibility,” he said.

“There has been a lot of debate on facemasks. Wearing of facemasks in open places is now lifted.”

Kagwe said Kenyans should be strict with ministry of heath protocols of sanitisation when in places that are not open.

“If you are going to eat in a meat joint, the standards must be high. The sanitation, washing of hands must be top notch,” he said.

“You must respect the people eating in your joint. You must respect your customers and make sure it is clean. There will be penalties if that does not happen.”

Speaking when he addressed the media on Friday, Kagwe said worship places will have a full capacity provided the congregants are vaccinated.

Kenya reported 323, 140 cases of Covid-19 and 5,644 deaths but the inoculation rate remains low, with only 28.5 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated as of March 10, 2022, according to the latest Ministry of Health figures.

Source: The Star

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