KEPSA thanks the Government for taking measures to curb the increasing spread of Covid-19, which is taking a heavy toll on Kenyans’ lives and livelihoods.
The private sector will adhere to the measures announced by the President to help reverse the ravaging effects of Covid-19.
As noted by the President in his Address, these measures are likely to have adverse impacts on the economy. As has been the case during this entire pandemic period, the private sector will continue working with the Government in coming up with measures to cushion this negative impact on businesses.
Following the Presidential Address, KEPSA received numerous enquiries from members for clarifications on some of the measures announced. Following consultations with the Government, we have the following clarifications:
1. The five Counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru under lockdown will be treated as ‘One-Zone’ effective Saturday March 27, 2021. This means that movement within and between these counties is permitted, subject to adherence to curfew hours. But no movement into or from One-Zone will be permitted other than for those holding essential services passes.
2. All current essential services passes are valid until Tuesday March 30, 2021 mid-day. KEPSA shall work with the Ministry of Interior for the renewal of passes for all eligible essential services providers.
3. Domestic flights into and out of One-Zone, and passenger SGR services countrywide, will cease from Monday 29th March at midday. Those who use road transport to travel in and out of One-Zone area have 24 hours to do so. Any special circumstances after 24 hours to be granted by the National Police Service.
4. Tourists (domestic and international) who are in different parts of Kenya and need to go back home via any of the five One-Zone Counties have until Monday midday to be in One-Zone.
5. Tourists who are in transit into the country and are scheduled to visit offerings outside of OneZone can do so until Monday mid day. After that date, they will be confined within One-Zone.
6. Hotels cannot serve alcohol in public places; however guests may be served in their rooms.
7. International flights will not be affected. All arriving passengers must adhere to all protocols including presenting a negative Covid-19 certificate. As noted earlier, after midday on Monday there will be no domestic travel by road, rail or air into or out of One-Zone, including for international travellers.