The Kenyan Ministry of Transport has announced the resumption of full capacity passengers in the Matatu sector from Monday August 9th.
During the announcement, Chief Administrative Secretary of Transportation Christopher Obure said, “The Department of Transportation will be signing a letter of intent with operators over the next three days to ensure they will adhere to protocols when they resume full carrying capacity.”
The CAS also read out some COVID-19 containment measures that should be followed, including: onAll passengers have their hands disinfected before boarding and properly wear masks (cover mouth and nose) while in the vehicle.
All passengers should be thoroughly examined for high temperatures with a non-contact thermometer and that no passenger should be allowed on board if their body temperature is above 37.5 ° C or if they have any other signs of COVID-19, including coughing or shortness of breath.
The crew must use 3-ply surgical face masks at all times during the trip as the risk of infection and spread of the virus is high due to exposure from large customers who interact with them on a daily basis
They should also be tested frequently to make sure their temperature is below 37.5 ° C.
The vehicle must be adequately ventilated while driving in order to minimize air circulation and allow fresh air to be used.
No advertising, preaching or begging on board the vehicle to reduce the risk of infection during transport.
No unnecessary stopovers during transit and, if possible, non-stop travel to reduce the risk of contamination from unnecessary contact with the local population and other travelers.
The crew must make constant on-board announcements to remind passengers of the need to observe personal precautions to wear face masks throughout their stay on board.
Disembarkation at the destination takes place in rows starting with the rows closest to the exits in order to ensure the greatest possible physical distance and avoid queues.
The crew were also asked to ensure that the vehicle was disinfected after each trip.