KAMPALA – The government has partially opened the country from the lockdown of the second wave of coronavirus.
President Museveni while addressing the nation on coronavirus on Friday evening 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 socialization in the night. With the curfew, they may sanitise (drink) 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 at strictly 50% capacity effective Monday 2nd, August 2021
- Bars remain closed and security offices should arrest and charge bar owners who defy this directive.
- Places of worship should remain closed and will be reviewed after 60 days.
- Movement in and out of Entebbe Airport will remain open.
- Cargo tracks allowed to move in and out of the country with turn boy and the driver with negative results.
- Buses and taxis to operate with 50% passengers.
- Comedians and musicians advised to perform virtually.
- Bars remain closed. Restaurants should remain open. Saloons 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.
- President Museveni: 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.
- The boda boda associations are 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.