Arcades Boda bodas and Saloons re-operate
Arcades, Boda bodas and Saloons to re-operate after four months of closure. FILE PHOTO

Arcades, Boda bodas and Saloons to re-operate after four months of closure.

Following close to four months of closure, President Museveni has finally allowed saloons, arcades and Boda bodas to re-operate.

President Museveni on Tuesday announced that effective June 27, Boda bodas will be allowed to re-operate as well the arcades and saloons should be reopened provided they observe the necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

The President said while addressing the nation about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He said that SOPs are a must for all those sectors that have been reopened.

Among others, he said no specific individual will be allowed to sell items from the arcade corridors, steps and verandahs like it has been the case before. 

As well, the arcades should be free from air conditioning and temperature guns will be a must for them more so those operating in the saloons.

The President also emphasized that the boda bodas riders will be required to keep proper records of all passengers they transport such that in case one or two people test negative tracing them becomes easy.

Arcades Boda bodas and Saloons re-operate
Arcades, Boda bodas and Saloons to re-operate after four months of closure. FILE PHOTO

“We are going to open the salons provided they provide face shields for their staff, check temperature of clients, observe social distancing, no air conditioning and partitioning of parts of the salon in the cities, plus handwashing,” Museveni said.

“Arcades should also reopen provided everybody must put on a mask and these arcades must have enough toilets. If you have no enough toilet we shall close you permanently. If you are looking for money look for money safely.”

The President made it clear that out of 230 arcades in Kampala, 171 were inspected but only 110 have since met the requirements by the health ministry to reoperate.

Museveni however, said that he was very disappointed that most of the arcades were selling merchandise imported from foreign countries rather than supporting products locally made here in Uganda.

“I was told they sell Chinese products they make us buy products of China, India and Dubai. It’s really amazing…These arcades should shift and sell our products. Our pockets now support the Chinese jobs and then you cry that our people have no jobs,” Museveni said.

Meanwhile, the President also pushed the curfew hours to 9 pm up to 5:30 am from 7 pm to 6:30 pm. However, he said that boda bodas will stop moving at 6:00 pm because in recent years they have fallen susceptible in promoting crime rates.

“Until they clean themselves of criminals they will stop at 6 pm,” Museveni said about the decision to have riders stop operating at 6:00 pm.