in Kenya, restrictions are eased, but schools remain closed

Kenya organized a major national conference on Covid-19 on Monday, September 28th. A meeting that the head of state wants to take stock of the situation and learn from the epidemic when the curve flattens (700 dead, 38,168 sick), the number of new cases decreases and as the country opens up. At the end of the debates, President Uhuru Kenyatta spoke to the nation. He announced further easing of restrictions, but he keeps schools closed.

Uhuru Kenyatta wants be alert until the end. The positivity rate fell from 13% in June to below 5%. “We would all be tempted to celebrate this trend, but these numbers are a paradox,” the Kenyan president declared, for whom “the greatest danger arises when one is close to victory.”

Thus, many in the school sector were waiting for him to announce a reopening of schools. Some companies even prepared for the resumption of classes with teacher meetings. But Uhuru Kenyatta chose caution. “Our children’s lives and health cannot be discussed. “Schools will reopen when we can guarantee their safety,” said the Kenyan president. He therefore instructed the Ministry of Education to define the conditions for resumption and propose a timetable.

Permission for bars and restaurants

On the other hand, the head of state has again slight restrictions linked to Covid-19, which frees up certain economic actors. The exit ban is extended by 60 days, but its amplitude is reduced from kl. 23 to kl. After six months of closure, the rods are finally given the opportunity to reopen. Bars and restaurants are able to operate until 22 and is allowed to sell alcohol. Religious ceremonies can accommodate multiple participants. 200 people at funerals and funerals, for example, instead of 100.

Tax breaks, both income and corporation tax, are also maintained. Uhuru Kenyatta has repeatedly warned of another wave, though, he says the country is now much better armed than in March.