Kenyans are no longer obligated to wear face masks in public places, health minister Mutahi Kagwe has said.
Announcing a relaxation of the COVID-19 containment measures following relatively fewer cases on Friday, Kagwe maintained that social distancing in spaces must still be maintained and overcrowding avoided.
The minister urged Kenyans to keep wearing their face masks during indoor meetings, where all attendees must have undertaken the jab.
“There has been a lot of debate and discussions on the continued use of face masks as one of the containment measures. The mandatory wearing of face masks in open, public spaces is now lifted,” he said.
“Nonetheless, people are advised to maintain social distancing and avoid crowding in public spaces to ensure risk of spread is limited. We, however, encourage the use of face masks in all indoor functions.”
He added: “All in-person indoor meetings resume at full capacity of the venue as long as participants are vaccinated. All attendees should be encouraged to wear face masks.”
Kagwe further stated that all quarantine of both the vaccinated and unvaccinated persons is to be stopped with immediate effect.
“All eligible and vaccinated travelers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya must have a negative PCR test result conducted not more than 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry. Those below the age of 5 years are exempted from this testing requirement.”