The County Government of Nakuru will offer free COVID-19 tests for workers in the hospitality industry.
The move aims at ensuring that the hospitality industry complies to the public health guidelines before resuming business.
Addressing media in Nakuru on Tuesday, Governor Lee Kinyanjui said, “charging the tests will subject them to further suffering as they have been out of employment for months.”
The government had allowed hundreds of hotels and restaurants that had suspended operations over coronavirus safety concerns to resume operationsbut must adhere to new measures to combat spread of the virus.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that the restaurants located in major towns across the country can reopen between 5am and 4pm and observe social distancing measures.
Further, all workers in the eateries must be tested for Covid-19 and found to be negative to reduce risk of waiters spreading the disease.
The CS added that the hotels, among other guidelines, must place the tables at least 1.5 metres apart and limit the number of persons per table to four per 10 square metres.
Restaurants are also required to check the temperatures of persons coming to the eateries and restrict access to those with fever symptoms.
Eateries are, however, not permitted to offer buffet or self-services.