Kenya lifts mandatory wearing of face masks


The ministry of health has lifted the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe however, announced that wearing of facemasks in indoor meetings is required.

“All Kenyans to continue to adhere to social measures, ensure frequent handwashing with soap and water, sanitising exercise personal responsibility. There has been a lot of debate on facemasks. Wearing facemasks in open places is now lifted. We encourage the use of masks in indoor functions,” he said.

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Kagwe made the announcement when he addressed the media on Monday.

He further said there will be the resumption of full capacity of worship where all congrats are vaccinated.

Kenya which has a population of 54 million, has reported 323, 140 cases of COVID-19 and 5,644 deaths but inoculation rates remain low, with only 28.5 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated as of March 10, 2022, according to the latest Ministry of Health figures.

The Ministry of Health imposed a nationwide mask mandate on April 3, 2020, at the height of COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations in the country.

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