Editorial

EDITORIAL

Italians dream of Kenya last minute for Easter

Advice for compatriots trying to come now

25-03-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

Is it better to stay indoors at least until Angel Monday, or to have to stay indoors for the next fourteen days, but after two weeks of beaches, savannah, lobsters and smiles?
Is it better to risk being infected, while being careful, in a supermarket in Turin and risk ending up on oxygen, or to take Covid-19 with a very low viral load at the market in Malindi, choosing very sweet mangoes and tasty vegetables?
Is it better to scratch a computer keyboard or ruin your eyes on a smartphone all day chatting and spewing frustration on social networks, or risk your coccyx on a tuk-tuk and laugh over a tusker beer overlooking the Indian ocean?
Common sense would tell us to make the buffer, take the first plane and come to Kenya for Easter, to take advantage of the last heat and the last "fires" of an all too quiet season, but of that tranquillity that if it were not for the economy, the crisis, the hunger of poor people and all the rest, would also be very pleasant.
But it's not that simple, especially if you want to be legal and respect the community.
And yet there are many Italians who are thinking about it and are booking their flights to Mombasa and Nairobi last minute.
"Can you assure me that there will be no lockdown?" they ask.
It doesn't seem like the right time to guarantee anything but your own backside. From the latest news, however, if Nairobi's figures (which are more than those of half of Kenya) were to worsen, the government might consider restricting movements from the capital to coastal regions and holiday destinations.
There has never been any mention of a national lockdown, nor of other restrictions other than the confirmation of the curfew until 12 May.
It should be remembered, however, that it is not yet allowed to come to Kenya from Italy for tourism, so you can only do so if you are a resident or if you own property to be able to make a temporary change of residence. Even a rented house is fine, as well as visits to relatives (no, the African boyfriend or the so-called "student" do not count).
All this, as we will never tire of repeating, notwithstanding the fact that airport controls are not infallible. However, this should not authorise people to be smart, even if it is a ban that seems absurd to keep alive.
The same goes for the return journey: the Kenyan government requires a 72-hour buffer, and no more. While it may be OK with some, just as it was when people entered the stadium with a lighter or the cinema with a camera, this does not mean that it can be done, and above all that once requested, if one is not able to produce it, one is left behind. It has already happened, but often those who stay on the ground do not say so, while the virtuous socialites who boast of having passed without a tampon and invite others to imitate them, abound like plastic in the sea.
Similarly, in Italy it is compulsory to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
The self-declaration that you fill in should be sent to the ASL, which can contact you and check you. Often this does not happen, but if there is a check you could be accused of attempted contagion and, worse, if you test positive during the supposed quarantine period and break it, you risk heavy criminal charges.
In short ... come who can and who knows.
For all the others, Kenya will be waiting.

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