The Nairobi Metropolitan Services has announced that wearing of masks will not be enforced but Kenyans should be vigilant to avert a surge in COVID-19 infections.
This comes a few days after Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that Kenya is battling the sixth wave of COVID-19 and wearing of face masks in indoor settings should be mandatory to curb the spread of the virus.
NMS Head of Health Promotion unit Lilian Mutua, while addressing the press on Saturday, lauded hotels and buildings that have already installed the government’s directive, further noting that Kenyans should beware of the risk at hand and mask up even in public places.
“We are not looking at enforcement rather people should take responsibility to safeguard themselves individually, as a community and as a nation,” said Mutua.
“I have seen hotels and buildings enforcing the masks and I urge Kenyans to take personal responsibility because we have lessons learnt from 2020 to 2022.”
Mutua went on to note that they are partnering with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in a programme implemented by World Vision, to fast track the vaccination uptake countrywide.
“We have different vaccination teams with different strategies delivering vaccines to the community in work places, religious institutions and prisons,” she noted.
“We are also vaccinating children between 15 and 17 years.”
CS Kagwe had said members of the public will be required to wear face masks in confined places such as PSVs, aircraft, offices, supermarkets and places of worship.