Kisumu County Governor Prof .Peter Anyang’ Nyongo has directed all morgues in the county not to preserve dead bodies for more than 72 hours.
This directive is in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive that stated that all funerals should be conducted within 72 hours of death.
Nyong’o has also asked bereaved families not to conduct night vigils or even offer catering services at funerals.
Last week , Kisumu county case load rises from 2.5 %to 4.7% with Kisumu Central recording the highest number.
Kisumu County COVID -19 Committee suggests the set guidelines would help reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission within the county.
“All morgues are hereby directed not to preserve dead bodies exceeding 72hours or they should release the body upon the announcement of death. This means the dead should be buried within 72 hours. No night vigils shall be allowed. Catering services are highly prohibited. The number of those attending the burial should not exceed hundred,” warned prof. Nyong’o.
He stated that anyone who will be found in public places without mask or not wearing it appropriately will be fine Ksh. 2,000 or jail term for 30 days.
“All churches should admit one third of their capacities. Regular hand washing and proper wearing of mask are mandatory in public place. Those found bridging the set rules to will be subject to a fine of ksh. 2000 or jailed 30 days,” he added
All public vehicles have also been told to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines, while boda boda operators have been asked to strictly carry one passenger, while Tuktuks to carry only two.
The restaurants and bars were not left behind as he cautioned them to get the clearance certificate and ensure they close their businesses by 9pm.