Uganda Police has warned boda bodas against violating curfew rules, saying that they will be arrested if found operating during curfew hours. According to the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the curfew for boda bodas still stands, despite lifting curfew for every other sector on Monday.
“The curfew restrictions on the movement of bodabodas, were moved from 6pm to 7pm. To avoid any inconveniences and disruptions, the public, riders and passengers of bodabodas and motorcycles are reminded to observe the new curfew provisions. Otherwise, the bodaboda enforcement operations are still on,” Enanga said in a statement.
Many sectors like the culture, hospitality and the night economy have been suspended since March 2020. Enanga says the opening of these sectors has caused excitement, but he cautions the public to observe SOPs.
“We should be keen to adhere to the health and safety protocols required to reduce the spread of the virus. Simply because mask-wearing and social distancing requirements are very lax in nightclubs, bars and discos,” reads the statement
“The re-opening comes with an increase in numbers of new cases. Therefore, it is important that we carefully manage the re-opening in the safest possible way. These include ventilation systems in all venues, sanitation stations, throughout all clubs, increased frequency of cleaning schedules and the deployment of highly trained staff, who are well versed in crowd management controls.”
In an interview with a local media, President Museveni said the government is still studying the issue of lifting curfew for bodas bodas, and will soon make an announcement on the way forward.