KAMPALA — President Yoweri Museveni has on Wednesday announced that public gatherings, including church mass and services have been suspended with immediate effect as the government tackles the outbreak of Coronavirus globally.
Addressing the nation, Mr. Museveni said that cabinet under his chairmanship had suspended all public gatherings, sporting events, open-air religious meetings and “all events that are of a huge public nature”.
The president also announced that the government had suspended learning in all institutions countrywide to protect the population against coronavirus pandemic.
All primary, secondary schools, and Universities will be closed from Friday, by midday.
“It wise that we close the schools (Pre-primary, Primary, Secondary, University, and Tertiary) starting Friday at midday. The closure is only temporary and will take one month. We should do this to deny the coronavirus a chance.”
Mr. Museveni has also announced that political meetings will be banned for 32 days with immediate effect.
“Funerals are a danger point, we can’t ban burial but we request the burial is done by the immediate family members and other rituals done later. If the person is suspected to have died of Coronavirus, the state will take over the burial,” the President said.
He added: “Uganda style weddings that bring together a pentagon of groups. This multidirectional source of the embaga/ mikolo attendants can be a source of great danger. The weddings of this type should be postponed for 32 days from today.”