Nakuru County CBD on Lock Down

Nakuru town on lock down

The County Government of Nakuru has placed a lock down in the city’s town, following resolutions by the County Emergency Response Committee, in an effort to control the spread of corona virus.

According to the County Commissioner, all markets will be closed and boba-boda riders and matatus barred from the city center.

The county has come up with alternative bus stops outside the town and passengers are advised to walk to town once they alight from the matatus.

TOUTING

Touting and idling at bus stages has also been banned and only the driver and the conductor will be allowed at the stage and they are expected to remain seated inside the vehicles as they await for passengers to board.

 Markets Closed

All traders at Nasha markets will now be moved to Afraha main stadium while wholesale and retail traders at wakulima market will be moved to Afraha Annex.

The County government has also said it will open with immediate effect Mwanga, Kiratina and teachers markets inorder to accommodate traders who operate on the roadsides within these areas.

 

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How Organizations Can help Employees Work Productively from Home

Tips for working remotely

By Winnie Kabintie

Over the last couple of weeks, organizations are encouraging their employees to work remotely from home, as one of the major ways of maintaining social distancing in an effort to control the spreading of COVID-19.

Working remotely has it’s fair of challenges including different time zones for organizations that have staff across different regions, which becomes quite a challenge for virtual meetings or even day-to-day engagement with staff, but whatever the case, Communication remains a key component on remote work.

In this article, we have compiled 5 tips to guide organizations on how they can get help their employees stay productive while working remotely.

  1. Develop an internal communications strategy – Effective Communication is crucial for a virtual work environment and especially in times of crisis.  It’s therefore very important for organizations to maintain clear, reliable and regular communication with staff members. This can be through emails, newsletters, phone calls, WhatsApp, etc.
  2. Have Regular video conferencing – Make use of virtual conferencing tools to schedule both formal and informal video conferencing with staff members. This will go along away in maintaining a connection with team members and also in getting updates on what they are working on. The informal video conferencing is also a good time for the management to show staff members that you care about their well being and will definitely go along way in boosting their morale.
  3.  Provide technical support – for employees to work productively from home, they need access to tools and gadgets to facilitate their work. This includes; Airtime, laptops and high-speed internet.  It’s therefore important for organizations to extend support on this area and also ensure that any expectations and deliverables from staff members are laid out with this knowledge in mind.
  4.  Be Flexible – While there is work to be done, the mental wellness of your employees is also just as crucial. Other than work, employees are also worried about the coronavirus epidemic and the challenges it has brought forth. They are concerned about their families and where to get basic supplies. Therefore, this is not the time to micro-manage them. It’s, therefore, important for organizations to maintain realistic expectations, set goals and trust that employees will do their job, without attempting to control what they are doing with their time by the hour.
  5. Give regular updates on the status of COVID-19 – While the government and relevant health organizations are providing updates on the status of CODID-19. It’s important for organizations to provide their own updates to their employees especially on relevant crucial information like travel and lockdown restrictions.

 

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Idris Elba’s Wife Sabrina Dhowre also Tests Positive for Covid-19

Idris Elba and wife tests positive for corona virus

Sabrina Dhowre, the wife of Hollywood sensation Idris Elba has tested positive for corona virus, a week after the actor revealed that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Sabrina revealed her diagnosis with Oprah Winfrey on Saturday during a Facetime on Winfrey’s “Oprah Talks COVID-19,” .

According to Sabrina, she was with her husband Idris Elba when he went to get his test results and was therefore not surprised that she contacted the disease, days after he tested positive.

“I wanted to be with him,” she said. “That’s the instinct of a wife. You want to go and take care.”

Idris Elba had a few days earlier announced his diagnosis on social media and Sabrina was by his side, which had elicited plenty of criticism from concerned fans, who wondered why Sabrina was staying so close to Idris despite the diagnosis.

This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doin. No panic” Idris posted on his Instagram and Twitter.

Harvey Weinstein Tests Positive for Corona Virus

Convicted Hollywood TV producer Harvey Weinstein, who is serving a prison sentence for sexual assault and rape, has also tested positive for COVID-19.

The former film studio Director, Harvey Weinstein was sentenced early this month for 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

Harvey Weinstein Jailed for 23 Years in Rape Trial

 

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Matatus Ordered To Operate at Half Capacity to Maintain Social Distancing

Social Distancing in Matatus – COVID-19

Matatu operators will from today be required to carry half the number of passengers they usually handle per trip in order to maintain “Social Distancing” among passengers.

According to the latest update on the status of the Corona virus pandemic in the country by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, operators who flout this directive will be arrested.

14-seater and 23-seater vehicles will now be expected to only carry a maximum of 7 and 15 passengers respectively.

Supermarkets

Supermarkets have also been directed to limit the number of shoppers in their premises and establish a queue system management for shoppers.

CS Mutahi Kagwe has further encouraged the supermarkets to try and operate 24 hours inorder to meet the demands of shoppers and limit over crowding.

Tuskys Supermarkets have already come up with a delivery service to help their customers maintain social distancing.

Entertainment Joints

Entertainment joints have also been directed to define and  limit the number of people within their premises and also close by 7:30 pm from Monday next week.

Self Quarantine

The health CS has maintained that social distancing must be  observed by all means and anyone who is found flouting the self quarantine directive will be prosecuted.

All Kenyan citizens and any foreigner with the necessary permits to be in the country, who arrive in the country from any nation affected by corona virus is required to self quarantine for 14 days.

Gikomba Market

Gikomba Market will remain closed tomorrow as the government moves to clean and fumigate the populous market in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19.

Leave Days

The CS has also advised employers to encourage those employees who can’t work from home to take leave during this period.

 

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Modern Coast Bus Suspends Trips To Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda

Modern Coast Bus Suspends trips to Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania

The Modern Coast bus company has suspended all inbound and outbound services from Kenya to Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda effective from March 19, 2020 until further notice to avert the spread of corona virus. 

“Dear esteemed passengers,we wish to inform you that we have suspended travel to Uganda,Tanzania, Rwanda and vice versa effective immediately. Call us on +254709897000 or visit your nearest office for further advise ” The company said in a notice shared on it’s twitter handle.

Modern Coast maintained that the closure of the above routes shall be in place until further communication is provided, depending on the health and safety measures as guided by the Government and the Ministry of Health.

Modern Coast Bus is one of the popular bus companies operating in Kenya that ply across the East African Countries, western and coastal sides of Kenya.

The company has further assured it’s customers that it’s committed to ensure utmost cleanliness in all it’s busses as the country continues to tighten up measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

“Cleanliness of our buses is of utmost importance. We have reviewed and made changes to our cleaning program for all buses including increasing our cleaning teams,cleanliness inspections and disinfecting our buses after each trip,” Modern Coast said.

Kenya has restricted entry for citizens of all countries affected by Corona Virus and any citizens entering the country from foreign trips are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days.

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