Good news to restaurants as government allows re-opening after Covid-19 shutdown.
27 April, 2020
The restaurant industry has today been given a sigh of relief as the government has announced that they can re-open their doors to the public but only if they undertake certain measures aimed at preventing the spread of Corona virus , the Health CS Hon Mutahi Kagwe announced.
This comes in the wake of the country recording 8 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 363. In the same period however, 8 more people were discharged from hospital bringing the total number of recoveries to 114.
The Health CS announced that 4 of the cases are from Mombasa, 2 from Nairobi, 1 from Kwale and 1 fom Tanga. All cases are Kenyans with 5 being picked up by the ministry’s surveillance teams and 3 being from the mandatory quarantine facilities. The age distribution of the cases is between 13 and 65 years.
The cases in Nairobi are from Kibra and Kenyatta University, in Kwale the case is from Tanga at Lunga Lunga border while the 4 in Mombasa are from Mvita.
Some of the measures put in place by the government for restaurants to operate are;
- All eateries to only operate between 5:00 a.m and 4:00 pm.
- restaurants to limit number of customers to 4 people every 10 square metres.
- Tables in the dining areas must be spaced 1.5 metres apart or seat customer groups at 1.5 metres apart.
- Maintain distance from back of one chair to the other not less that 1 metre and guests facing each other be atleast 1 metre apart.
- Alcohol shall only be sold with a meal in the restaurant and only be served to customers waiting to be served a meal, during a meal or 30 minutes after a meal has ended.
- Temporary discontinue self-service of ready-to-eat food such as salad bars or buffets.
- Customers to have their meals delivered individually to the dining table by appointed restaurants staff. If buffets meals are served, the service shall only be 1 person appointed by restaurant.
- restaurants to ensure quality and safety of food, to rinse and sanitize food contact surfaces, disinfect surfaces, floors and counters.
- Install adequate portable running water and accessible washing basins for hand washing purposes, install alcohol based-hand sanitizers at the entrance and exit points.
- Install contact free thermometer and ensure that every person entering the premises has his/her body temperature taken.
- Any member or reveler with temperature above 37.5 degrees shall not be allowed entry into the premises, and the premises shall immediately notify the Ministry of health through the toll free number 719 for guidance.
- Ensure physical distancing (1 mere- 3 feet) in food preparation areas.