President Uhuru issues 2021 Update on Coronavirus Regulations

The revised Containment measures, developed following consultations with the leadership of the County Governments, are set to lapse today Sunday, the 3rd January, 2021.

“NOW THEREFORE, and following His Excellency’s consideration of the recommendations of both the National Security Advisory Committee and the National Emergency Response Committee, the Head of State has noted the following:

  • The nationwide curfew is extended up to 12th March, 2021. The nationwide curfew will continue to be enforced between 10.00 pm and 04.00 am daily
  • The general directions governing religious gatherings shall remain unchanged.
  • All forms of public events and gatherings which may act as ‘super spreader’ events for COVID-19, including political and roadside gatherings/meetings, shall remain suspended for the next 60 days; with the exception of funerals /burials and weddings.
  • All overnight vigils or events of any kind shall remain prohibited.
  • All isolation facilities in the Country shall continue to be maintained at a high state of preparedness through continuous capacity building of healthcare workers, provision of adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.
  • County Governments shall enhance investment in piped and portable oxygen capacity in all isolation and critical care treatment facilities for the management of severe Covid-19 cases.
  • Teachers and other Staff who are aged 58 years or above, or who have pre-existing conditions, shall deliver on their duties through remote means or by holding their classes/lessons in open spaces with natural flow of air.
  • All Passengers in public and private vehicles must wear masks and maintain hand hygiene at all times while within the motor vehicle; and all public service vehicles shall observe a strict 60% maximum carrying capacity limit.
  • All schools shall ensure that they have adequate hand washing stations corresponding to their student population, in line with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education; schools experiencing water problems must ensure that there is adequate availability of hand sanitizers for both the students and the teachers.
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  • All non-essential visits to schools by parents and guardians are prohibited and should only be allowed in exceptional circumstances – in fidelity with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education; with all visitors to schools being registered in the school records and being subject to all infection prevention protocols.
  • All Teachers and Students shall wear appropriate facemasks when on the school premises or within school transport, in addition to strictly applying hand-hygiene and physical spacing;
  • All extra-curricular activities such as sports, drama, music and prize giving days, involving more than one school remain prohibited for the next 90 days; and all exchange visits between schools shall remain prohibited for the same period;
  • Principal/Headteacher of every school shall maintain a register of all sick pupils/students or teachers, and immediately inform the County Health Department of all instances of moderate to severe illness.
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  • County Health Departments are directed to carry out routine surveillance for COVID-19 and other public health problems in all schools; including random sampling of pupils, teachers, and ancillary staff.

All Kenyans are reminded that the easing of containment measures is informed by epidemiological models and statistics that are the result of the extent to which individuals and communities adhere to COVID-19 preventative guidelines and protocols.