As the world fights to contain the spread of Coronavirus, Kenya has not been left behind. With 7 confirmed cases it is expected that there might be more confirmed cases in the next two or three weeks.
We all know that the public transport system in our country can be a hotbed of the spread of Coronavirus. The government is taking all the precautionary measures to help curb the spread of the virus.
In a press statement earlier today, the health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe, announced that Matatus should limit the number of passengers they carry per trip.
A 14 seater matatu will carry a maximum of 8 passengers.
25-seater vehicles will carry a maximum of 15 passengers.
30 seater vehicles and above will carry a maximum of 60% siting capacity.
The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and commuter train services will also observe the same order.
These directives are supposed to help ensure compliance with social distance requirements.
It is expected that Kenyans will adhere to the directions of the public service transport operators. There is no point in having 8 people in a matatu but two of them are sitting very close together and leaving the other seats. Stay away from each other as far as possible,Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe
High levels of hygiene are to be maintained at all times in the Public Service Vehicles. Each Matatu will be cleaned and sanitized at the end of every trip. Matatu operators will also need to provide hand sanitizers to passengers.