While addressing the country about COVID-19 and related matters today, Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni issued new guidelines to be followed in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly virus. Museveni lifted the ban on public transport and Boda Bodas while lifting the 42- day lockdown.
According to Museveni, public transport will open at strictly 50% capacity effective Monday, 2nd August 2021 and it will be reviewed after every 2 weeks.
Curfew time is maintained at 7pm until 5:30 in the morning. All persons except security personnel on duty and those authorized to move are expected to be in their homes by 7pm.
Boda-Bodas are now allowed to move up to 6pm, according to Museveni. They are now allowed to carry one passenger at a time or cargo.
Kikuubo, which is Kampala’s business centre has also been reopened but to operate only as a wholesale trading centre and consequently roadside kiosks and roadside vending have been abolished so as to decongest pathways
“Bars remain closed and security should arrest and charge owners who breach this directive. Performing artists and their concerts are still closed but they can perform virtually,” Museveni said.
The president said churches, mosques and other places of worship are still closed for another 60 days but urged them to use virtual prayers.
On schools, the president said these are too still closed until learners are vaccinated.
“If you don’t observe that and you think you are clever you may get problems and also cause us problems. If these measures are taken, we may avoid the third wave. Maybe we will have vaccinated and got the cure that we are testing,” Museveni said.
On18th June, Museveni announced an immediate 42-day lockdown imposed on the country in a bid to curb the surging Covid-19 cases as the country entered into a second wave of the pandemic.