The colourful Maulid festivals marked every year in Lamu County has been halted.
The international festival attracts thousands of both local and international tourists who flock the tourism resort to attend the unique cultural event.
Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia said the week long even is always attended by many people following it’s various beautiful and attractive cultural events,a situation that may spark the Covid-19 positive cases in the County.
According to Mr. Macharia, the even will not take place this year and those planning it should immediately stop.
He said, the government banned public gatherings to safeguard Kenyans from the Coronavirus threats.
He appealed to religious and Community leaders planning the evening to halt it until the situation calms down before they conduct such even.
“Lamu cultural even that happens towards the end of each year is not a small event and we want to tame any interraction to as well contain the spread of Covid-19,” noted Mr. Macharia.
He said the event that normally involves swimming competition, fishing competition, cultural dances among other series of events may trigger an increase in Covid-19 cases in the county.
He warned that whoever will venture into planning such an event will be punished.
“However, we will allow the Muslim faithful to conduct Maulid only in mosques,” noted The administrator.
He urged Muslim leaders to conduct the celebrations and prayers in mosques and by fully adhering to all Covid-19 containment measures.
He urged Muslim leaders to closely work with the county administration so as to fight the spread of Covid-19 in the county.