Museveni Okays Ending of Lockdown: Everyone to wear Mask but Mosque & Church may remain closed

President Yoweri Museveni
H.E President Yoweri Museveni

Just as the President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is about to lift the lockdown, a few rules are to be followed including; Closure of Bars, Nightclubs, Worship centers while as it is also a Must for everyone to wear a Face mask and gloves.

According to trusted sources, Uganda’s coronavirus lockdown shall be eased next week Wednesday as said in the country’s “new normal” commuters using public transport and people in cities will have to wear masks.

Inorder to keep crowding to a minimum, restaurants and hotels will be tasked with setting tough measures of limiting customers from exceeding a special number.

Borders will stay shut to persons with only cargo truck continuing operations while as all businesses shall be required to close up by 7pm.

The State House said: “While non-essential shops will be able to reopen after introducing social distancing measures, it is difficult to see how this can safely be extended to bars, restaurants or social spaces in a practicable way soon.”

Working from home must continue where possible, and this will be hugely encouraged and people travelling on public transport must wear “non-medical face coverings to reduce the risk to others.”

Curfew time, we are told, will be eased by an hour to 8pm. This, Museveni, believes will go time to travellers to reach home in time.

Operators of public transport such as buses, taxis can start their engines on Wednesday 6th May but must ensure social distancing for their passengers. This means that they will have less than their usual carrying capacity to be in compliance.

Motorbikes will not be allowed to carry passengers but continue to ferry goods. Private transport will also resume but restricted to the same city.

Markets across the country will continue to operate for food vendors and will be open for essential vendors but cannot exceed 50 per cent of their registered vendors. This is to ensure social distancing is adhered to.

A big debate still remains about schools and it’s inconclusive. But for now, the idea is that learners will continue learning remotely from home as both public and private schools remain closed.

Worshipers will also have to wait a little longer before they can congregate in their respective places of worship as they will remain closed.

The Catholic Church has already suspended the mass Martyrs celebrations that happen on June 3. Meetings in public spaces and mass gatherings are also prohibited.

Fitness enthusiasts will have the liberty to carry out individual sporting activity in open spaces such as jogging however sporting such as gymnasiums shall remain closed.

Funeral gatherings shall not exceed 30 mourners. Previously, during the lockdown, mourners were limited to just a handful family members.

Museveni will further remind Ugandans that the partial lifting of the lockdown does not mean that the fight against COVID-19 is over. The government will start mass screening across the country and expects members of the public to continue observing guidelines such as hand washing, social distancing as well as report in the event one has symptoms.

Since the Covid-19 hit the world, President Museveni has been hugely impressed by the “resurging community spirit and togetherness” Ugandans have showed and he will encourage to keep up the spirit.

This will help in defeating the virus as one major force, the source adds.

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Muwanga Ronald is editor in chief of the UGANDANZ news website. He was formerly editorial director of UGANDANZ.COM, overseeing the publication’s digital operations. Before joining UGANDANZ in December 2018, Ronald was managing editor of NILE HOST In 2014, he was a finalist for the UJA Awards for Young Journalists for his reporting on the women's emancipation. Under his leadership NILE HOST won Media Industry Newsletter's Best of the Web award in 2018. A graduate of Makerere University, Ronald speaks Luganda and French and lives in Kampala with his wife and two children.