Supermarkets risk shutting down if they allow customers without masks
By Fay Ngina
| April 8th 2020
allowing customers to shop without putting on masks now risk shutting down.
press briefing on Tuesday April 7, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that
tougher measures will be imposed to contain further spread of the coronavirus
on President Uhuru’s directive, Kagwe insisted that Kenyans must wear masks
when going to a market or the supermarket.
restriction is obviously going to be accompanied with other measures for
example, in markets we have announced and we keep telling people that when you
are going to a market or a supermarket, you do know the rules regarding supermarkets,”
Kagwe also advised supermarket owners not to allow customers without masks, otherwise they might be forced to closed it down.
“You must have a
mask when you are going in there and if the health officers go to supermarkets
where people don't have masks then we'll have no choice but to close those
supermarkets," added Kagwe.
Last month, Kagwe advised supermarket owners to limit the
number of people entering the premises to ensure the social distancing rule is
The strict measures come as a result of the increasing coronavirus
cases in the country. On Tuesday, the health CS announced that the confirmed
cases stand at 172 with 6 deaths.
CS Kagwe warned Kenyans to brace themselves for bad news
saying that the country is about to face even more challenging times.
“The measures we have taken will not stop the virus
abruptly. It is here with us. We must prepare ourselves mentally. We are lucky
that we are recording mild infections and a low mortality rate but we should
not relax,” said Kagwe.
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