The government of Kenya has extended the dusk to dawn curfew for about two months.
The curfew will run from 8 pm to 4 am in the diseases infected zones like Nairobi, Machakos, Kiambu, Nakuru, and Kajiado, while the rest of the country from 10 pm to 4 am.
The move was prompted by an increase in the recorded cases of the Covid-19 in the country.
In the Gazette Notice dated April 12 and signed by the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i, the government said the directive would be reviewed on May 29, 2021.
“This order shall apply during the hours of darkness between eight o’clock in the evening and four o’clock in the morning with effect from March 29, 2021, and shall remain in effect for a period of sixty days thereof,” read the part of the notice.
Ban on public gatherings has also been extended until the same date.
Movement during the curfew period has also been outlawed except for the essential service providers or those permitted in writing by a police officer in charge of the police in a county or a police officer in charge of the police in a division/sub-county.
Essential providers in the country include advocates of the High Court of Kenya, operators of safe shelters and safe spaces for sexual and gender-based violence survivors, medical professionals and health workers, national security officers, and National Government administration officers, licensed pharmaceuticals companies, pharmacies, and drug stores and licensed broadcasters and media houses.
Others include Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Airports Authority, and Licensed Civil Aviation Service Providers, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Kenya Ports Authority and Licensed Sea and Port Operators, Kenya Maritime Authority and Licensed Maritime Service Providers, power production and distribution companies, Kenya Railways Corporation, Kenya Pipeline Company, water and sanitation service providers, food and farm produce processors, distributors, dealers, wholesalers and transporters, licensed supermarkets, minimarkets and hypermarkets, licensed distributors and retailers of petroleum and oil products and lubricants, licensed telecommunications operators and service providers, licensed banks, financial institutions, and payment service providers, fire brigade and emergency response services, licensed security firms, postal and courier services, factory, and construction workers, cargo transporters and children protection service providers.