Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata has directed Chiefs and other administration officers to strictly enforce Ministry of Health protocols on public gatherings.
Elungata warned that action will be taken against administration officials in whose areas of jurisdiction there is breach of guidelines to combat spread of coronavirus issued by the government.
The Administrator singled out Kilifi County where he said funerals are taking place in total disregard of the set guidelines.
“Police should deal with anyone violating health protocols on public gatherings and curfew hours regardless of social status or political affiliation,” he said.
The RC said security agencies will continue enforcing mandatory wearing of face masks while in public places to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
Elungata further said the government will intensify awareness campaigns on the need for people to adhere to the directives on hand washing, physical distancing and wearing facemasks in efforts to stop the spread of the disease.
Elungata was addressing locals at Peleleza in Likoni Sub-county, Mombasa when he inspected the on-going National Hygiene Programme (NHP) dubbed ‘Kazi Mtaani’.
Elungata however admitted that enforcing social distancing at the Likoni ferry channel has been a nightmare for the authorities and said they are putting a lot of emphasis to make sure the commuters observe physical distancing.
[Locals crossing the busy Likoni Channel. Photo.Ahmed Omar].
He implored the ferry users to play their part in preventing the spread of the virus.
More than 300,000 people and 6,000 vehicles cross the busy channel daily using the marine vessels.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the country, the ferry is allowed to carry 1,000 people in accordance with the government’s social distancing directive.
In normal circumstances a ferry carries 1,400 people and 40 vehicles.