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Balala Urges Stakeholders to Observe Covid-19 Protocols

Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has urged partners and stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality sector to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 protocols issued by the Ministry of Health.

Balala said the sector has developed Magical Kenya tourism and travel health and safety protocols on health to mitigate the effects of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus disease in business and people’s livelihoods.

“Tourism, travel and hospitality management, supervisors and operators shall ensure staff working in the facility are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 virus and have their temperatures checked regularly, are provided with personal protective equipment’s in accordance with Ministry of Health Covid-19 preventive measures,” advised the CS, adding that the operator shall take the following into consideration.

He said the tourism and travel sector players in Kenya shall continue to enhance and rebuild trust and confidence through transparency and communication with all sector stakeholders at all times.

The CS who was addressing the press during the launch of the revised safe travel protocols on the response to the 4th Wave of Covid-19 pandemic at the NSSF building in Nairobi Tuesday, said Kenya’s hospitality and tourism stakeholders are one of the most compliant in the implementation of the set health and safety protocols issued by the Ministry of Health.

“We have requested 50, 000 vaccines from the Ministry of Health for Nairobi’s tourism and hospitality workers and we will lobby County Health and Tourism CECs, to vaccinate tourism stakeholders in the counties,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tourism Regulatory Authority shall ensure compliance to the protocols in collaboration with the private sector associations and line government agencies including Ministry of Health.

By Hamdi Mohamud

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