Kenyans will from October 20, 2021, enjoy a curfew-free lifestyle. President, Uhuru Kenyatta lifted curfew rules nationally. Since Kenya registered its first coronavirus patient, curfew has been a key strategy for managing the spread of infections. The first coronavirus infection detection was on March 12, 2020. On March 20, 2020, the president declared a nationwide curfew
What is curfew?
A curfew is a government regulation requiring people within its territory to remain indoors for specified hours. Since Kenya detected its first coronavirus patient, Kenya has been under some form of curfew. In some instances, there has been a succession of movements among counties. To curb the spread of coronavirus in Kenya these measures are necessary. The Cabinet Secretary, health often says “…if with treat the coronavirus normally, it will treat us abnormally.”
Order of coronavirus related curfews in Kenya
On March 25, 2020, Kenya went on from 1900 hours to 0500 hours curfew. It was the first coronavirus-related curfew. This marked the beginning of covid 19 related. Since then Kenya has been under some form of curfew. Curfew has been in place for 19 months.
Several places suffered total lockdown as the level of infections soared upward in those areas. The first lockdown affected movement in and out of Nairobi County. The second lockdown affected five counties; Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos, and Nakuru counties. Additionally, Kisumu and Mombasa have also been under lockdown.
In the country, a local lockdown affected the Eastleigh trading hub.
Effects of curfew on Kenyans.
The coronavirus pandemic distorted the social fabric that which Kenya’s economy thrives in. The government was torn between protecting lives and the economy. Wisdom has it that life is of great value than the economy. We can always rebuild the economy as a healthy nation.
Therefore, although curfew orders distorted the economy, they have been in place until October 20, 2021. Additionally, the orders banned or limited social gatherings such as churches, entertainment, transport, and education.
Every sector of the economy has had to bear with the crucial curfew demerits. Businesses that thrive in social gatherings have downsized or closed.
The effect has been manifested in terms of job losses, raise in crime, urban-rural migration, and domestic violence among others.
Lifting of dusk to dawn curfew in Kenya
Today, October 20, 2021, Kenyans have received the lifting of the nationwide curfew with joy. In his presidential speech during the Mashujaa day celebration, the president lifted the nationwide curfew. He, however, stated that Kenyans should continue to adhere to covid 19 protocols-we are not yet out of the woods.
The lifting of the curfew comes after leaders and Kenyans pleaded for its lifting
Many Kenyans applauded this pronouncement.
Bars and hotels to operate until 11:00 pm or in conformity with their licenses. However, all covid 19 protocols should be followed.