Uganda relaxes Covid-19 lockdown; public transport, shopping malls opened as schools, churches and bars remain closed

President Yoweri Museveni addresses the nation on coronavirus.

The government has partially opened the country from the lockdown of the second wave of coronavirus.

While addressing the nation on coronavirus this (Friday) evening, President Museveni said that full opening up, continuation of full lockdown and partial opening up were the options they considered.

“If we fully opened up, according to scientists, we would have about 5,000 cases per week, sending us into a third wave.”

However, he revised the directives as follows:

  • Curfew is maintained from 7:00 pm to 5:30 am to avoid thuggery under cover of darkness. “Without curfew, there will be too much socialisation in the night. With the curfew, they may ‘sanitise’ (drink alcohol) in their homes.”
  • Boda bodas are allowed to carry one passenger or cargo up to 6:00 pm, maintaining SOPs.
  • Public transport will open effective Monday, August 2, 2021 with buses and taxis to operate strictly with 50% passenger capacity.
  • Bars remain closed and security officers should arrest and charge bar owners and revelers who defy this directive.
  • Places of worship should remain closed and will be reviewed after 60 days while schools will reopen when the relevant people are vaccinated including children aged 12-18.
  • Movement in and out of Entebbe Airport will remain open.
  • Cargo trucks allowed to move in and out of the country with turn man and the driver with negative COVID-19 results.
  • Comedians and musicians advised to perform virtually.
  • Restaurants (for food only) should remain open. Salons allowed to operate under strict observance of SOPs.
  • Saunas should remain closed. If you want one, do it in your house.
  • Shopping malls and arcades should be opened with dedicated entry and exit, SOPs should be maintained, and failure to comply will lead to closure.
  • Weddings and burials should maintain 20 people in number.
  • Virtual prayers should be maintained for 60 days.
  • Sports should continue without spectators. Outdoor sports activities are allowed with masks on. Gyms remain closed. Betting and casinos remain closed.
  • Boda boda associations directed to maintain order, otherwise, the directive will be taken back to the earlier directive.
  • Kikuubo should remain a wholesale trading centre; traders should adopt to e-commerce.

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