Police officers will now arrest anyone found without a face mask in public places.
Speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday, Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai ordered officers to arrest anyone defying the order.
in line with the gazette notice issued by the Office of the Attorney General on April 6, 2020.
According to the gazette notice, failure to wear a face mask is punishable by a fine of Ksh.20,000 or six-year jail term or both.
“It is compulsory to put on the face mask. This is through the gazette notice dated April 6, 2020 which was issued by the office of the Attorney General… Failure to that attracts a stiff fine of Ksh.20,000 or imprisonment of six months or both. I have instructed police officers to enforce this,” Mutyambai said
The gazette notice also directed that every organization, business entity, trader or vendor whether in a market or enclosed premises must provide either water and soap to customers or an alcohol-based sanitizer approved by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).
Business entities are also required to put in place measures that ensure customers maintain a distance of no less than one meter.
The business entities, vendors, traders and organizations are also mandated to sanitize their premises on a regular basis, failure to which they also risk Ksh. 20,000 fine or imprisonment of six months