Kenya to reopen borders in August

Posted by Anita Froneman on 8 July 2020

In a national address, the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta said that the country’s international flights will resume on August 1 and domestic flights on July 15.

Kenya will open its borders on August 1.

The country’s curfew, keeping residents indoors between 9pm and 4am, has been extended for another 30 days though, according to Al Jazeera.

‘In the next 21 days we shall study patterns of interactions and the spread of the disease. Any trends that signal a worsening of the pandemic, we will have no choice but to return to lockdown,’ Kenyatta said.

The Education Ministry also announced that Kenya’s school year is officially cancelled, and that learners will only resume academic activities in 2021, reports Africa News Agency.

Kenya relies heavily on international tourism and especially its safari industry as a source of income. The industry employs over 2 million citizens. The country’s Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said, however, that they are not hopeful as the second half of the year is ‘almost as good as zero.’

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