President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the order barring bars and other alcoholic joints from operating in the country, in what was previously a move by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Addressing the nation on Saturday during the 2021 Labour Day celebrations at State House Nairobi, Kenyatta directed that bars only operate during the day.

“All bars in the territory of the republic of Kenya are to operate until 7PM. And I repeat 7PM,” President Kenyatta said.

The second-term head of state also revoked the suspension of movement in disease infested counties while also extending the curfew hours in the five zone counties.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli at the 2021 Labour Day celebrations at state house Nairobi. PHOTO/ STATE HOUSE KENYA

“With regards to the zoned areas comprising of the counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Nakuru it is directed that the cessation of movement into and out of the zoned areas be and is here by lifted. The hours of curfew in the zoned area are revised to commence at 10PM and will end at 4am with effect from midnight May 1, 2021 until otherwise directed,” said the head of state.

Churches, mosques and other worship places have also been given the greenlight to resume operation but with conformity to the one third capacity rule.

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