President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to address the nation today after chairing a virtual conference on Covid-19 hopes amid hopes that he will reopen the economy.
The meeting will climax in a state-of-the-nation address, where President Kenyatta is expected to issue the government decision following the six months of economic paralysis occasioned by Covid-19 containment measures.
Last week, President Kenyatta gave an indication that he is likely to reopen the country, after directing the National Emergency Response on Covid-19 to review the national and county responded to contagion and come up with the country’s “post-COVID future”.
The Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyus in a statement also said the national Covid-19 conference will be followed by the 12th Presidential address on the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The address by the Head of State will unveil the containment measures that shall guide Kenya into the new normal,” Kinyua said.
Bars and nightclubs owners will be keenly waiting for the President to announce measures regarding the reopening of the public places, which have remained closed for over 30 days after the President amended regulations on August 26, placing more stringent restriction on the sale of alcoholic drinks.
The President is also expected to address the measures touching on public gatherings prayers and worship, and weddings and funerals.
Schools reopening is also another indication that the country is going fully back to its Covid-19 normal after teachers were ordered to report back to school ahead of the learners who will have a phased return in October.
The timing of the curfew is also expected to be reviewed as it has been previously adjusted from 7 pm to now at 9 pm.
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Kenyans are expecting the curfew to be either dropped or adjusted further to allow for the night economy to thrive, and workers willing to fully resume their jobs get home on time.
The virtual meeting with the President will also allow governors to highlight some of the wins counties have made in the fight against coronavirus.
It also gives them an opportunity to give a plan for building and sustaining momentum regarding recovery and showcase good practices, which have strengthened economic resilience and self-reliance.
The county chiefs will also be given a platform to enumerate some of the challenges they face in minimizing the virus’ spread in the counties.