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Curfew in Kisumu, 12 other counties revised to 7pm after gov’t declared them COVID-19 hotspots

Government of Kenya has revised curfew hours in Kisumu and 12 other counties to 7pm – 4am and imposed new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

On Thursday,June 17, the government declared the them as hotspot counties stating that the rule shall take effect immediately on Friday, June 18.

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Those countries where new rules have been placed are Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay and Migori.

“That the curfew within the hotspot zone shall be observed between 7pm and 4am daily,” Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said.

The rest of the counties shall however continue observing the 10:00 pm to 4:00 am curfew hours without fail.

According to Mutahi Kagwe movement between the hotspot counties and rest counties is discouraged.

He also noted that only essential and emergency services in the hotspot zones are permitted to work over the curfew hours.

“Movement between the hotspot zone and the rest of the country is strongly discouraged,” Kagwe said.

Cross-border cargo drivers are required to carry with them a valid certificate that was tested no more that 48 hours to prove that they are covid-19 negative. Also, only two people are allowed to be in the truck.

Further, weekly non-food and livestock markets have been suspended in the counties for the next 30 days.

Any form of meetings have also been banned in the hotspot zones. This includes in meetings, House parties or any other.

People from the counties have been ordered to conduct any funeral ceremonies within 72 hours of confirmation of death.

No more night procession ahead of the following day burial until further notice.

Attendees for funerals or weddings have been limited to only 30 persons in total until further notice.

“That the attendees, officiators, and facilitators of weddings, celebrations of marriage or traditional unions, ceremonies of rites of passage, and all other similar events or ceremonies is maintained at 30 persons in total until further notice,” he said.

He also suspended physical or congressional worship in the hotspot counties for a period of 30 days.

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Public and private sector, government offices, businesses and companies have been ordered to allow their employees to work from home unless one is working in critical or essential services.

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