President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he will not hesitate to reimpose a partial lockdown if virus cases spike.
This comes as the Head of State lifted the ban on movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera, effective Tuesday.
The President on Monday said that his administration will be observing the patterns of interaction and the spread of the disease in the next 21 days before charting a way forward.
“Any trends that signal a worsening of the pandemic and we would have no choice but to return to lockdown at zero option,” Uhuru said at Harambee House.
“To reopen and remain open, you must become your brother’s keeper. While the government will, no doubt, do its part to achieve the desired wish of remaining open, you, mwananchi must also do what is expected of you personally to achieve it. This is, therefore a national call to civic responsibility.”
Uhuru also allowed places of worship to reopen under strict guidelines.
He said people with underlying health conditions should not attend churches and mosques, as well as children below 13 years and those above 58 years.
“By reopening Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera, we are more at risk than we were when the restrictions were in place. We must, therefore, exercise cautious optimism, and avoid reckless abandon. I believe that, although the path to recovery is rocky and uneven, it is navigable. And this is why I must give two qualifications to the phased reopening.”
The 9pm to 4am curfew remains in place for a further 30 days.