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Matatus Ordered To Operate at Half Capacity to Maintain Social Distancing

Matatus Ordered To Operate at Half Capacity to Maintain Social Distancing

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 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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