Nakuru county has ordered the closure of salons and barbershops in Molo and Kuresoi sub-counties in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus. A county health official said the closed down the businesses since they had warned the owners to keep a social distance but the nature of the services provided could not allow that.
According to NTV, one woman said it was impossible for a barber or hairdresser to take care of a client while keeping a one-metre distance and this necessitated the closure of the beauty joints. “When someone is cutting your hair, is it possible for them to do it while keeping a social distance?
It’s not and so if you are taking of a client who has coronavirus, you will definitely get it,” she said. Food hawkers were also not spared in the crackdown as they were asked to suspend their services to avert the spread of the virus. “When selling their fruits, it is impossible for them to keep a social distance,” an official said.
This directive comes as the number of cases in the country spike to 50. The latest tally from the government on Monday, March 30, confirmed eight new cases of the deadly virus which has infected more than 700,000 people globally.
Earlier Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe warned politicians against spreading false information to gain political mileage through the pandemic. This is after Dagorretti MP John Kiarie said there were 7000 people in quarantine and not 2000 as the government had purported.