Kenyan Schools to Reopen in September, new calendar to be out by mid August.

President Kenyatta

Schools are to be re opened on the first of September, said the president.

In his address at the state house, he said that the new schools calendar is to be out in mid August.

Stakeholders from the ministry of health and that of education are to meet to deliberate on this.

Reopening the economy
The president said that opening the country’s economy is dependent on 3 factors (irreducible minimums)
Whether:


1.The infections are contained and the number of deaths reduced.
2.The health care systems are well-prepared to avoid being overstretched.
3.There is a capacity to carry out contact tracin’g surveillance effectively.

He attested to the fact that all these have not been fully achieved and hence the need to continue with restrictions in some parts of the country.

The president also added that the national and county government summit is to be held within 14 days to deliberate on modalities of re- opening the economy.

However,the dusk to dawn curfew is to begin from 9 pm to 4am giving room for several businesses to operate within the time frame.

He also said that the ban on gatherings for example in bars is extended for the next 30 days. Besides, international air travels is also still suspended for the same period.

On houses of worship, the president said that an interface council is to meet within the next 7days to discuss the procedure  of re-opening.

He concluded by urging’ the landlords to “put people before profits” and all citizens to take seriously the measures given by the ministry of health.

With all these, the question remains, whether the government has put in place enough measures to help prevent transmission of the virus amongst children when schools surely open.

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