The government of Kenya through Health ministry has lifted the restriction requiring Kenyans to wear facemasks in public places but people should maintain social distancing to ensure risk of spread is limited.
The decision to relax the Covid-19 containment measures was arrived at after consulting the WHO, health experts in the country and observance of the positivity rate pattern in Kenya, which has remained below one per cent for nearly one month now.
The restrictions had been imposed in March 2020 to contain the spread of Covid-19, which broke out in Kenya.
However, health ministry has directed that during indoor meetings, the wearing of facemasks will be required.
“It is highly recommended that you should continue wearing facemasks, even when in public. Though, police and law enforcement officers should not harass Kenyans who are not wearing facemasks in public,” Kagwe said in address to journalists at Afya House in Nairobi.
At the same time, ministry has also discontinued mandatory quarantine of vaccinated or unvaccinated Kenyans.
The Health ministry also suspended mandatory quarantine of suspected Covid-19 carriers.
Good news is that no tests would be required for vaccinated East Africans entering Kenya, Kagwe said.