The Kenyan government has finally gazzetted law on wearing face masks, public transport, as well as failure to sanitise premises during the COVID-19 crisis.
According to the Kenyan Gazette dated 6th April, 2020, failure to wear a face mask in public attracts a Kshs.20,000 fine or imprisonment for six months, or both. This was gazetted as Legislative Supplement No. 27 under the Public Health Act, Section 6(1)(b) as read with section 11 of the Regulations. This directive makes failure to wear a mask while in a Public places a criminal offence and punishable by law as such.
“This is a new requirement that must be complied with. People must wear masks in public places,” said the Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe, at a regular media briefing.
These public places include markets and supermarkets and well as other public places with high populations. Public transport operators have also been directed to wear face masks while on duty or face the full wrath of the law.