LAWS OF KENYA

PUBLIC HEALTH ACT

PUBLIC HEALTH (COVID-19 RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT OF PERSONS AND RELATED MEASURES)
RULES, 2020

LEGAL NOTICE 50 OF 2020

  • Published in Kenya Gazette Vol. CXXII—No. 67 on 17 April 2020

  • Commenced on 17 April 2020

  1. [Amended by Public Health (Covid-19 Restriction of Movement of Persons and Related Measures) Variation Rules, 2020 (Legal Notice 56 of 2020) on 24 April 2020]

  2. [Amended by Public Health (COVID-19 Restriction of Movement of Persons and Related Measures) Variation Rules, No. 2 of 2020 (Legal Notice 58 of 2020) on 24 April 2020]


1. Citation

These Rules may be cited as the Public Health (COVID-19 Restriction of Movement of Persons and Related Measures) Rules 2020.


2. Interpretation

Unless the context otherwise requires, in these Rules —"commercial vehicle" has the meaning assigned to it in the Traffic Act;"gathering" means any private gathering or meeting for a social, cultural, economic or other purpose or public gathering, meeting, grouping, assembly, crowd, or procession, in or on any public road or space, any building, place or premises including wholly or partly in the open air, and including any premises or place used for sporting, entertainment, religious, cultural, political, academic, and fundraising purposes, for any barber shop, massage parlour and beauty salon activities or as bars or similar establishments, theatres and cinema, gymnasium, spa, dine-in restaurants and food courts, but does not include a market and an ordinary family gathering within a single household or living unit;"market" means any public place used for the trade of food and farm produce;"infected area" means an area to which these Rules apply, as the Cabinet Secretary may, by order, declare;"law enforcement officer" means a police officer, National Government Administration Officer or medical officer of health;"public place" means any outdoor, indoor, enclosed, or partially enclosed area which is open to the public or any part of the public, or to which members of the public ordinarily have access, and includes a workplace and a public conveyance;"restriction period" means the period specified by the Cabinet Secretary in the order declaring an area to be an infected area.[L.N 56/2020, r. 2(a)]


3. Declaration of infected area

The Cabinet Secretary may, by order, declare these Rules to be in force within an area specified in the order and such area shall be deemed to be an infected area.


4. Restriction of movement of persons

(1)During the restriction period, there shall be no movement of persons into or out of an infected area, either by road, rail or air, unless the movement into or out of an infected area is for the purpose of—(a)transportation of food and farm produce for commercial purposes including rice, beans, maize, potatoes, cassava, cabbages, kale, spinach, tomatoes, onions, bananas, eggs, meat, fish, chicken, dairy products, tea, coffee, miraa and other food items and farm produce.(b)transportation of all types of lawful cargo and goods including construction material, fuel and pharmaceutical products.(c)Ambulances transporting patients to health facilities located within an infected area.
(2)Provided that for purposes of sub-rule (1)—(a)commercial vehicles or vessels entering or exiting an infected area for purposes of collecting food and farm produce, cargo and goods, shall upon proof in writing, be deemed to be undertaking transportation of food and farm produce, cargo and goods.(b)commercial vehicles or vessels including lorries and pick-up trucks shall, in addition to food and farm produce, cargo and goods, carry only the driver and no more than three assistants.
(3)The persons referred to under sub-rule (2) (b) herein shall be designated in writing by the employer in a manner that substantially corresponds with Form 1 set out in Schedule I and shall on demand by a law enforcement officer, produce the prescribed documentation.
(4)A person permitted to enter or exit an infected area under sub-rule (1) or as the case may be; may be subjected to screening for COVID-19
(5)Any person who contravenes sub-rules (1), (2), (3) or provides false information, commits an offence.


5. Restriction of transport services

(1)All public transport services including passenger rail services, bus services, matatu services, taxicab services, motorcycle services, tricycle services, e-hailing services, and air passenger transport services into or out of an infected area are prohibited during the restriction period.
(2)All private cars into or out of an infected area are prohibited during the restriction period.
(3)During the restriction period, all public transport services including passenger rail services, bus services, matatu services, taxicab services, motorcycle services, tricycle services, e-hailing services and private cars may operate within an infected area subject to the following conditions —(a)passenger rail services, bus services, matatu services, taxicab services and e-hailing services vehicles shall not carry more than 50% of their licensed capacity;(b)motorcycles shall carry only one passenger or goods;(c)bicycles shall carry only the rider;(d)tricycles may carry goods and not more than one passenger; and(e)private vehicles shall not carry more than 50% of the licensed capacity.
(4)Users of public or private transport and public transport operators shall wear a proper mask that must cover the person's mouth and nose.
(4A)(i)Transportation of passengers by ferries shall only take place between 5.30 O'clock in the morning and 6.30 O'clock in the evening.(ii)Ferry operators shall not engage in cargo transportation during the period set out under clause (i).(iii)The hygiene conditions under Rule 6 shall apply, with the necessary modifications, to users of ferry services and ferry operators.
(5)A person who contravenes sub-rules (1), (2), (3), (4) or (4A) commits an offence.[L.N. 58/2020, s. 2 (a)(b)]


6. Hygiene conditions

(1)Every person who is in a public place during the restriction period shall—(a)maintain a physical distance of no less than one metre from the next person; and(b)use a proper face mask that must cover the person's mouth and nose.
(2)Every organisation, business entity, trader or vendor whether in a market or enclosed premises shall—(a)provide at their business location or entrance to their premises, a handwashing station with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer approved for use by the Kenya Bureau of Standards;(b)put in place measures to ensure that physical distance of no less than one metre is maintained between persons accessing or within their premises or business location; and;(c)regularly sanitize their premises or business location.
(3)A person who contravenes sub-rules (1) or (2) commits an offence.


7. Prohibition of gatherings

(1)Save for a funeral undertaken in accordance with sub-rule (2), any gathering as defined under rule 2 is prohibited during the restriction period.
(2)For purposes of these Rules, a funeral shall not be regarded as a prohibited gathering provided that—(a)attendance at the funeral shall be limited to fifteen people;(b)night vigils shall not be held in relation to a funeral;(c)hygiene conditions under rule 6 are adhered to; and(d)all the conditions under rule 8 (1) of the Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19) Rules, 2020 are adhered to.
(3)A person who contravenes sub-rule (1) commits an offence.


7A. Prohibited places and premises

All places and premises listed in Schedule II shall remain closed during the restriction period.[L.N 56/2020, r.2(b)]


8. Disposal of bodies

Where a person infected with COVID-19 dies, the body shall be interred or cremated within forty-eight hours from the time of death.


9. Detention of Motor Vehicle

A person who contravenes either rules 4 (1), (2), (3) or 5 (1), (2), (3), (4) may have their vehicle detained in a police station or any other place as the Inspector-General of the National Police Service may designate, pending their arraignment in court and/or for the duration of the restriction period.


10. Exemption

The Cabinet Secretary may exempt any person from the provisions of the Rules on such terms and conditions as he shall certify in writing.


11. Penalty

A person who commits an offence under these Rules shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both.


SCHEDULE I

Form 1I,.................... (Full name) of National Identity Card number .............. and telephone number........... hereby certify that our employee named below provides ............... service being a service exempted under rule 4 (1) of the Public Health (COVID-19 Restriction of Movement of Persons and Related Measures) Rules, 2020.

Full name of employee  
National Identity Card number  
Residential area and details (Estate, location, street)  
Job description  
Telephone number  
Purpose of the trip  
Assigned motor vehicle's registration number  
Origin and destination of the vehicle  
Nature of cargo  

Signed at ..............., on this .............. day of .............. 2020.Institution/business/entity .............................................................................Physical address ........................................................................................Postal address..........................................................................................Office telephone number .................................................................................Signature of authorized officer .........................................................................Official stamp of institution ...........................................................................

SCHEDULE II

[L.N 56/2020, r. 2(c)]


1.

Any place or premises normally open to the public where religious, cultural, social, economic, sporting, entertainment, political, academic, fundraising or similar activities may take place


2.

Golf clubs


3.

Night clubs


4.

Bars or similar establishments


5.

Casinos


6.

Barber shops


7.

Massage parlours


8.

Beauty salons


9.

Gymnasiums


10.

Spas


11.

Theatres and cinemas


12.

Dine-in restaurants and food courts


13.

Any other place or premises as may be determined by the Cabinet Secretary from time to time.

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