A National curfew is an order specifying a time during which certain regulations apply. Typically it refers to the time when individuals are required to return to and stay in their homes. Such an order may be issued by public authorities but also by the owner of a house to those living in the household.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has now imposed a national curfew of between 7pm and 5am effective Friday, March 27 as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Here is a list of the essential services that have been spared from national curfew.
- Medical Professionals&Health Workers
- National Security, Administration and Co-ordination Officers
- Public Health and Sanitation officers in the County Governments
- Licensed Pharmacies and Drug Stores
- Licensed Broadcasters and Media Houses
- Kenya Power & Lightening Company Limited
- Food Dealers, Distributors, Wholesalers & Transporters of Farm Produce
- Licensed Supermarkets, Mini-Markets and Hypermarkets
- Licensed Distributors and Retailers of Petroleum and Oil Products and Lubricants
- Licensed Telecommunication Operators and Service Providers
- Licensed Banks, Financial Institutions and Payment Financial Services
- Fire Brigade and other Emergency Response Services
- Licensed security firms
The directive of national curfew by President Kenyatta comes as the government steps up efforts to curb the spread of the virus, with several cases and scares now being reported across various parts of the country.
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