As a containment measure to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the government has reinstated the use of face masks in indoor settings.
Mutahi Kagwe, the Health Cabinet Secretary, told the media on Monday that people will be required to wear face masks in confined places such as PSVs, planes, offices, supermarkets, and places of worship.
“All indoor meetings to continue at full capacity of the venue but provided that people take measures to be fully vaccinated in order to do so. We are not restricting in-person worship. We also require worshipers to wear their face masks while inside the places of worship,” Kagwe stated.
The CS further called on Kenyans who have not been vaccinated to do so immediately.
“Those who have not been vaccinated should do so immediately. Those who have been vaccinated and need a booster shot should do so immidiately,” said Kagwe.
He further stated that all unvaccinated travelers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya will be required to be in possession of a negative PCR test result conducted not more than 72 hours before departure.
The move comes as Kenya battles the sixth wave of COVID-19.
The Ministry further raised concerns about the spike in cases of colds and flu with similar presentations as Covid-19 reported across the county, asking for them to get tested.
“We expect to have a lot more colds and flus with similar presentations like COVID-19. Therefore, there is a need for all those with respiratory like illnesses to seek appropriate medical care and be tested for COVID-19,” Kagwe stated.