Cost of COVID-19 testing reduced to Ksh.1000 for restaurant & bar operators


Cost of COVID-19 testing reduced to Ksh.1000 for restaurant & bar operators
Tourism CS Najib Balala with Health CAS Rashid Aman, MOH Director General Patrick Amoth and Government Spokesperson Rtd. Col. Cyrus Oguna.

Tourism CS Najib Balala has announced a subsidised cost for restaurant and bar operators to have their employees tested for COVID-19.

Balala said the cost of testing for businesses has been reduced to Ksh. 1000 down from the original Ksh. 4000.

“The government has subsidised to remove the cost on the business and there will also be no charges for the compliance permit or for inspection,” he said on Monday.

Speaking during a Press briefing with Health CAS Rashid Aman, Balala said certificates will be processed within 24 hours.

He further noted that protocols for hoteliers and other players in the hospitality industry will be released next week and it is the responsibility of every restaurant to access the protocols set by the Ministry of Health.

Balala said the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers and its affiliate the Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) have agreed to have every establishment given access to the outlined protocols.

“Every establishment will establish its SOP based on the protocols and staff must adhere to the protocols,” Balala added.

For the accommodation sector, the CS was categorical that lodgings have not been given clearance even as the government seeks ways of opening the sector.

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