President Museveni issues 13 new COVID-19 guidelines as Uganda sees lockdown extension.
President Museveni has issued 13 new COVID-19 guidelines for the Ugandan people to follow and also extended the lockdown for more 14 days.
In his nationwide speech Monday night, Museveni thanked health workers and the Ugandan people for their hard work and efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.
The new guidelines issued include:
- The shopping arcade, food markets and shopping malls are open and the general merchandise stores are open.
- Market women sleeping in market places are allowed to go home and work every day.
- Public transport is back on track with strict traffic rules. Taxis, buses, mini-buses and tuk-tuks are allowed to operate if they carry half of their normal capacity.
- Public transport will not operate in border districts for 21 more days.
- Boda bodas should continue to carry cargo as they have been doing during the time of lockdown.
- Gyms, salons, nightclubs, bars, hair salons and swimming pools will be closed for a further 21 days as it is difficult to comply with social rules.
- The airport and international borders are closed so that they do not import more COVID-19 cases from outside.
- Educational institutions will be open only to candidates, undergraduate and postgraduate finalists. There will be no first term exams and must observe the social distancing rule. Other students and pupils can now wait. The Ministry of Education will come up with plans on how the sanctioned schools and institutions will operate, which will be scheduled in the next two weeks.
- Curfew remains in place for another 21 days starting from 7:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
- Food restaurants can be opened provided the social distance is observed, and also doing deliveries are necessary.
- People with private cars will be allowed to operate as long as the car does not carry more than 3, including a car driver.
- The government is going to provide free masks to all Ugandans in these 14 days, and the masks will be distributed using the LC system so that every Uganda gets one. Eligible persons must be 6 years of age and older to receive these masks.
- Public and private transport will resume on June 2, 2020, after the government has issued masks.
The aforementioned guidelines came at the time, with Uganda confirming 260 cases, 63 recoveries and 0 deaths, which is the lowest in the region compared to its neighbours in COVID-19 cases.
Also, Cargo drivers have been a challenge and 44 truck drivers have tested positive for COVID-19.
To address this challenge, the ministry will test truck drivers at all boundary points and wait for the results before truck drivers go into immigration.
Truck drivers and non-Ugandans who test positive for COVID-19 are sent back to their native places, while Ugandan truck drivers are taken to Uganda hospitals for treatment.