Museveni opens places of worship as lockdown is eased

While addressing the nation on COVID-19 and related matters on Wednesday night, President Yoweri Museveni ordered for the reopening of places of worship with strict adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

 The Uganda head of state also revealed that higher institutions of learning will open on 1st November after vaccinating all lecturers and non-teaching staff.

“Places of worship can now open under strict guidelines like; limiting the number to 200 people and adhering to all other SOPs in place,” Museveni announced.

The president also allowed for the increase in the number of people attending weddings and other social events to 200, while casinos, gaming, betting shops, and gyms were allowed to operate during the day and close by 6pm.

While speaking about the reopening of higher institutions of learning, Museveni revealed that “The 4.8 million priority population including teachers should first get vaccinated before we can open schools. Post-secondary institutions to open with effect from November 1, 2021, on the condition that all teachers and non-teaching staff are vaccinated. The rest of the learning institutions will open in January 2022,”

In his address, Museveni also announced that concerts, disco halls, bars, and other leisure hubs will stay closed until after over 4.8m priority groups of people (health workers, teachers, security personnel, and elderly persons) are fully vaccinated.

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