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Wednesday June 3, 2020 – Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho, has said that the Government is planning to reopen the economy on June 6th by ending some of the restrictions introduced in March when the country registered the first case of Coronavirus.

In an interview with Radio Citizen on Tuesday, Kibicho said the Government is mulling a phased re-opening of the country with new measures set to be announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday.

The PS said the Government is between a rock and hard place especially since the cases are on the rise but noted high-level discussions are ongoing.

“We cannot lockdown forever, the Government makes its money from taxes, currently people are not at work, personally I think we can re-open but under strict guidelines,” Kibicho said.

He, however, noted that while some restrictions may be lifted, the Government will not be relaxing the requirements on facemasks and social distancing.

Therefore, companies planning to re-open will be required to strictly adhere to the guidelines on face masks and social distancing.

“Companies willing to re-open will need to ensure guidelines on facemasks and social distancing are adhered to because the new coronavirus is still here with us,” he noted.


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