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Uhuru expected to open bars, schools and lift the curfew  

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President Uhuru Kenyatta

The entertainment industry and investors are among the people with great expectations hoping the president will reopen the country a move that will allow them to swing back to business after months of shutdown.

Last Monday, President Kenyatta gave the strongest indication yet, that he’s likely to reopen the country. It is also expected that the President will address the measures touching on public gatherings, prayers and worship, and weddings and funerals.

This comes after the president directed the National Emergency Response on Coronavirus to review the national and county response to the contagion, and chart Kenya’s “post-COVID-19 future”.

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua in a statement said the national Covid-19 conference will be followed by the 12th Presidential address on the coronavirus pandemic.

Bars and nightclubs will be waiting keenly for President Kenyatta to announce measures touching on their reopening, having remained closed for over 30 days, after he amended regulations on August 26, imposing more stringent restrictions on the sale of alcoholic drinks.

In August, the President amended the closing time for restaurants and eateries from 7pm to 8pm. He also allowed places of worship to begin a phased reopening in conformity with the guidelines developed by the Inter-Faith Council.

Schools reopening from today is also another indication that the country is going fully back to its pre-Covid-19 normal, as teachers are expected back in school ahead of the learners, who will have a phased return in October.

Expectations are that the curfew could be dropped, or adjusted further to allow for the night economy to thrive, and also workers who will now fully resume their duties get home on time.

Heath CS Mutahi Kagwe, Devolution Eugene Wamalwa and Education George Magoha will give CoG chairman Governor Wycliffe Oparanya the platform to enumerate some of the challenges his colleagues face in minimizing the virus’ spread in the counties.

 

Felicity Gitonga

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