President Kenyatta hints at opening schools,worship places

President Kenyatta hints at opening schools,worship places

President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Ministry of Education jointly with that of Health to issue and publicize guidelines for gradual and progressive return of normalcy in the education sector from September 2020.

Addressing the Nation on Saturday, the President also ordered that the New school calendar be released by Middle of August.

“I hereby direct that the Ministry of Education jointly with that of Health to issue and publicize guidelines for gradual and progressive return of normalcy in the education sector from September 2020” he said.

On whether to open up the economy or not, Kenyatta stated that opening or not opening not dilemma between right and wrong but between two rights.

It is for this reason that he directed that that the cessation of movement into out of Eastleigh and old Town Mombasa shall lapse as from June 7, 2020.

The same applies to Kilifi and Kwale Counties where he stated that the cases of Mcovid-19 pandemic have reduced.

However, the cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera has been extended for another 30 days.

The dusk to dawn curfew extended for further 3o days but time 7pm to 9pm with the end time for the same being from 5am to 4am.

The variations of time according to President Kenyatta is  to allow Kenyans have full work schedule.

Meanwhile President Kenyatta has directed that within 7 days the Ministries of Interior and Health to constitute interfaith council to work out on opening up of worship places.

“That within 7 days the Ministries of Interior and Health to constitute inter-faith council to work out on modalities of opening worship places” he said.

However, the ban on gatherings and bars that majority of Kenyans were waiting for has been extended for further 30 days.

The same applies to International travel restrictions are extended but the Ministry  of transport directed within 7 days to develop protocols on local air travel.

The President adding that in order to fully open up the country, the experts state that the infections must be contained and number of infections and death must be headed downwards and this is not the case in for Kenya at the moment.

In addition, the capacity for surveillance and contact tracing must be fully across the country.

Another threshold for opening up the country is that healthcare system must be prepared to handle the pandemic and must not be overwhelmed but this is not the current situation in Kenya.

While noting that Health is a shared function, President Kenyatta revealed that  a meeting between national and counties will on Wednesday next week to assess the situation before opening up the country.

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