The government has paved the way for restaurants and eateries to reopen on condition that they adhere to the strict COVID-19 guidelines.According to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe restaurants will only operate between 5 am and 4 pm in order to adhere to the curfew hours.

The announcement comes following a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday on the reopening of eateries.

The move is a relief to the business owners who have suffered losses following the closure of non-essential businesses by the government in measures to combat the deadly virus.

Among the guidelines issued for a partial reopening of the businesses include social distancing where tables must be spaced at least 1.5 meters apart, customers walking into the restaurants must wash their hands, sanitize, wear masks and have their temperatures taken.

Only restaurants with staff who have been tested for Covid-19 will be allowed to operate and must limit the number of customers to four people for every 10 square metres space.

Buffet and self-service have been prohibited with customers required to have their meals delivered individually to the dining table by appointed restaurant stewards.

Restaurants are to ensure quality and safety of food, to rinse and sanitize food contact surfaces, disinfect surfaces, floors and counters.

Top ensure that customers clean their hands, hotel are Install adequate portable running water and accessible washing basins for hand washing purposes or alcohol based-hand sanitizers at the entrance and exit points.

Restaurants and eateries must also install a contact free thermometer and ensure that every person entering the premises has his/her body temperature taken.

The National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus also directed that the back of one chair to the other chair should not be less than a metre and guests must face each other from a distance of at least one metre.

Alcohol shall only be sold with a meal in the restaurant and only be served to customers waiting to be served a meal, during the meal, or 30 minutes after the meal has ended.

Speaking when he inaugurated the advisory committee on supply and utilization of blood and blood products, Kagwe has announced that the country’s number of recoveries has increased to 114.

This is after 8 more patients have been discharged after testing negative of COVID-19. The country’s confirmed cases of the disease have risen by 8 to now stand at a total of 363.

This is after 3 more people from Nairobi, 4 in Mombasa and one in Kwale tested positive.

The new cases are aged between 13 and 65 years. Five were picked by State surveillance teams while three are from mandatory quarantine facilities.

Two of the new Nairobi cases are from Kibra while one is from the quarantine facility at Kenyatta University.

The Kwale case is from Tanga, Lunga Lunga border while all four Mombasa cases are from Mvita.

In the wake of this development, the government has committed 1 billion shillings to ensure the country’s blood bank is sufficient.

Principal Secretary in the ministry of health, Dr. Susan Mochache, has refuted claims that all blood donor funding had been withdrawn urging Kenyans to continue donating blood during the pandemic.