State issues new Covid-19 guidelines to help public reduce infection risk
Zachary Ochuodho @zachuodho
The government has developed guidelines offer direction to different players in every sector of business on how to minimise the risk of Covid-19 infections.
It said the guidelines would help businesses operate safely and reduce rate of spread across different workspaces after the pandemic.
Betty Maina, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development said Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on business entities.
She said to contain the spread of the virus, Kenya, just like other global actors, responded by putting in place containment measures including stay-at-home measures, prompting closure of some businesses while others scaled-down operations.
“In responding to these and to ensure that distribution networks for essential goods and services did not grind to a halt, Ministry of Industrialisation came up with market guidelines and a list of essential services,” Maina added.
“The Guidelines for Living with Covid-19 are aimed at allowing business to reopen while strictly observing the social distancing and other containment measures. The guidelines, though not exhaustive provide a framework within which individual operations can be safely run,” she said.
The guidelines have been developed in consultation with various sector associations and business member associations.
Individual businesses, companies, office premises, etc., are expected to derive Standard Operating Procedures from the guidelines.