Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Officials in Kenya extend nationwide 2100-0400 curfew through late August as part of COVID-19 prevention policy. Other restrictions remain.

  • Alert Begins: 27 Jul 2020 05:48 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 27 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Affected Area(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions; increased security; possible clashes

Summary
Authorities in Kenya have extended the nationwide 2100-0400 curfew for a further 30 days from July 27 as part of the nation's efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19); the curfew was originally supposed to expire on Aug. 2 or 3. The new measure also put a 30 day ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in eateries and restaurants from July 28, as well as limiting their operation to 0800-1900 during the restrictions period.

Other measures that remain in place include;

 

  • International commercial flights will resume as of Aug. 1. Local domestic flights have already begun July 15.

 

  • Bars will remain closed until further notice.

 

  • Restriction on social and political gatherings and the existing limitations on the number of persons who may attend funerals and weddings still remain in place.

 

  • Religious services are allowed to resume, albeit with certain restrictions.

 

  • Protective face coverings must be worn in public areas, including in private vehicles and on public transportation.

 

  • Classes at Sunday schools and Madrassas are suspended.

 

  • International maritime and other water travel is prohibited. Cargo transport will continue under the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transportation guidelines.

 


Enhanced screening of shipments at ports of entry could prompt supply chain disruptions and shortages of some goods. Security forces will continue to deploy to enforce restrictions that remain in effect. Protests in opposition to the COVID-19-related restrictions cannot be ruled out.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by Kenyan authorities are similar to actions taken by other governments globally in response to the spread of COVID-19, a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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