Kenyans warned against venturing in and out of COVID-19 zoned area
The National Police Service has warned Kenyans within the COVID-19 zoned area not to move in and out of the classified counties particularly during the Easter holiday.
Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said 33 roadblocks which will be manned by security officers have been erected within the five counties to limit unqualified travels.
He said only essential services providers will be permitted to move in and out of the five counties: Nairobi, Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado and Nakuru.
Mutyambai stated that the multi-agency officers have been roped in to ensure strict enforcement of COVID-19 protocols.
70 percent of the country’s total infections are reported to be from the five listed counties.
On March 26, 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta banned movement into and out of the five counties following a spike in the number of COVID-19 infections.
The cessation of movement into and out of the five counties is until further notice.
Government Spokesperson Rtd. Col. Cyrus Oguna later clarified that cases of individuals seeking treatment within the zoned areas will be addressed on a case by case basis.
He added that those traveling for burial purposes will require a permit from the nearest police station.
Lockdown of five counties explained
Residents of the five counties are allowed move within the five counties.
For example, one can move from Nairobi to Nakuru or even from Nakuru to Kajiado but cannot get into any other county outside the One-Zoned area.
On the same note, anyone outside the region covering the five counties cannot move into the One Zoned Area.
“Kindly note that the Cessation of Movement is in and out of the 5 counties (Nairobi, Nakuru, Kiambu, Machakos, and Kajiado) as One Zoned Area. You can therefore move freely within the five counties. You will not however be able to leave and enter the One Zoned Area,” explained the President’s Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita.
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