Kenyan Government Tightens Rules On Gatherings Amid Increasing Covid-19 Cases

The Kenyan government has reduced the number of guests allowed to attend social gatherings, wedding functions, and burials after the inter-faith council for COVID-19 response raised concern over a recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, reported The Nation.

In new measures announced by the Interfaith Council for Covid-19 response, the total number of people permitted to attend a wedding or social gathering has been limited to 50. The number of those allowed to attend burials remains 100 and those allowed at the graveside are 15.

Back in September, President Uhuru Kenyatta had increased the maximum number of persons attending funerals and weddings from 100 to 200 on the advice of the religious leaders.

As per the latest guidelines, for weddings, only the nuclear family will be served food. These measures have been announced by the Kenyan government are in addition to observing the stipulated Health ministry guidelines.

“The number of those attending should strictly be 50. Food is only served to the nuclear family,” Rev. Connie Kivuti, the Vice-Chairperson of the council said.

The council insisted that people should continue to adhere to all the current requirements of hand washing or sanitization, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and temperature checks.

Rev. Kivuti said the major criteria that determined the change in the council’s guidelines were the number of new cases, daily deaths, and other indicators like the positivity rate.

Earlier this week, the Kenyan inter-faith council for Covid-19 response council also released new guidelines for worshippers.

As per the new guidelines for in-person worshipping, only those aged over six years and less than 65 will be allowed for the services that will not last beyond 90 minutes. It will be mandatory for all the people to wear their masks correctly, wash hands before service, and observe1.5 meters of social distancing.

Caroline Finnegan

A professionnal journalist for the past ten years, I cover global news and economic affairs for The Chief Observer.

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