Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has reinstated mandatory mask-wearing.
Following the new directive it will be mandatory for Kenyans to wear masks in PSVs, flights, offices, supermarkets and places of worship.
Kagwe urged people to consider wearing masks in closed or confined places due to the increasing cases of COVID-19.
“The mandatory wearing of face mask in open public spaces where one is not in close proximity with one another remains optional
“However, one is required to wear a mask when in contact with other people in closed or confined spaces,” the CS said.
The CS said the ongoing cold season is most likely to increase the cases of COVID-19.
“We know that this steady increase in new infections is likely to get worse in view of the drop in temperatures occasioned by the current cold season,” CS Kagwe said.
The government lifted mandatory wearing of masks in March due to declining COVID-19 infection rates.
The Ministry of Health has also urged Kenyans experiencing flu-like symptoms to stay at home to avoid transmitting it to others.
“If you have flu-like symptoms please stay at home don’t go to work and expose other people because flu, common cold and Covid like other respiratory tract infections are highly transmissible,” MOH acting Director General Dr. Patrick Amoth said.
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