KAMPALA — President Yoweri Museveni has said that schools, churches, bars, night clubs, gyms and saunas will remain closed for the next 21 days in a bid to avoid further spread of coronavirus.
Addressing the country on Monday June 1, the president said all those cannot easily observe the social distancing rules.
The president Museveni said curfew will continue from 7pm until 6:30am for another 21 days while opening of schools for candidate classes has been postponed for another one month as government plans whether to provide private television sets for all the villages in the country.
“We have decided to postpone the re-opening of schools for candidate leaners for another one month as we prepare more and study the situation,” the president said, adding that “two television sets per village equals to 140,000 TV sets” for the entire country.
The president said: “We shall now allow the regulated opening of public means of transport like taxis, mini-buses provided they carry one half of their normal capacity plus the conductor and driver.”
He malls will open but arcades will remain closed since they cannot observe social distancing.
Summary of HE Address on Lockdown (1st June 2020)
1. Public transport is now allowed but will carry half of normal capacity including the driver and the conductor with effect from 4th June 2020.
All passengers, driver and passengers must wear face masks
2. Brokers, taxi/bus touts, hawkers are not allowed in the public transport parks/ terminals.
3. Public and private transport is still banned in the border districts.
4. Bodabodas are still banned from carrying passengers until further notice.
5. Bars, saunas, salons, gyms, public swimming are still banned for another 21days.
6. International borders and airports will remain closed until further notice.
7. The School going candidates /finalists total to a number of 1.4m and Govt doesn’t have the resources to test the numbers for COVID19 every 2 weeks, in addition , day schoolers, school workers and teachers are still high risk because they oscillate between home and the school premises .
Therefore, Schools will remain closed for the candidate learners for one more month.
Govt to pursue distance learning methodology (TVs, Radio, etc) for learners during the lockdown.
8. Curfew will continue from 7.00 pm-6.30am.
9. Churches and mosques will remain closed.
10. Political and cultural public gatherings are still probihited until further notice.
11. Shopping malls will be allowed to open starting 4th June 2020.
12. Govt issued face masks will be ready for public distribution from 10th June 2020.
Border districts will be the first priority for face mask distribution.
13. The biggest number of cases are South Sudan Truck drivers
14. Four thousand (4,000) persons were arrested during the lockdown, there cases are going to reviewed ASAP and early release from jail may be considered.