Kenya gov’t allows Matatus to carry full capacity

The Matatu Bus depot in central Thika, Kenya (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

Kenya’s Ministry of transport has announced the resumption of full capacity passenger in the matatu sector from Monday, August 9.

Kenya’s Ministry of transport Chief Administrative Secretary Christopher Obure announces resumption of full capacity passenger in matatu sector.
Source: Spokesperson, Government of Kenya

While making the announcement, Transport Chief Administrative Secretary Christopher Obure said, “the ministry of Transport will in the coming three days be signing a MOU with the operators that will ensure they comply with the protocols as they resume the full conveyance capacity.”

The CAS also read out some COVID-19 containment measures that ought to be followed including: all passengers are hand sanitized before boarding as well as wearing masks properly (covering mouth and nose) while in the vehicle.

All passengers should be thoroughly screened for high temperatures using a contact free thermometer and that no passenger is allowed to board if their body temperature is above 37.5° C or has other signs of COVID-19 including cough or shortness of breath.

The crew to use 3-ply surgical face masks at all time during the journey because of the high risk of contracting and spreading the virus due to exposure from huge customers interacting with them daily

They should also be tested frequently to ensure their temperature is below 37.5 degrees C.

Proper air ventilation of the vehicle while on transit must be maintained, to minimize air re-circulation and allow the use of fresh air.

No hawking, preaching or begging onboard the vehicle in order to reduce the risk of contamination while on transit.

No unnecessary stop-overs while on transit and if possible make non-stop journey to decrease the risk of contamination posed by unnecessary contact with the local population and other travelers.

The crew to make constant on-board announcements reminding passengers on the need to uphold personal precautionary measures to use face masks at all times while onboard.

Disembarkation at the destination to be conducted by rows starting with the closest rows to the exits in order to ensure physical distancing to the maximum extent possible and avoid queues.

The crew has also been asked to ensure that the vehicle is disinfected after every trip.

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