President Museveni Address: Night clubs, gyms and saunas to remain closed till further notice.
President Museveni said gyms, saunas and nightclubs cannot observe social distancing and as a result, they will remain closed until further notice.
“Night clubs are the opposite of social distancing so, for now, we cannot allow them to operate,” President Museveni said Tuesday while addressing the nation for the second time in a space of two days.
Museveni was making clarifications on easing the lockdown. He said public transport will be allowed to operate from June 4 but carrying only a half of their normal capacity.
He said the minibuses, taxis and buses, however, will not be allowed to operate in and around the border districts of the country meaning they will only be allowed to move in 95 districts out of 135 that make up the country.
In other directives, Museveni said that private cars will be allowed to operate from May 26 explaining that these private vehicles if allowed to move anyhow, they can easily give individuals from neighbouring countries quick access into the country.
“The issue of public transport in the districts that are not near the border, this will be relaxed on June 4. During this time, those concerned will discuss with transporters and make sure everything is in order,” Museveni stated.
“Private cars will be allowed to move on the 26th of May. For border districts, we shall not allow public or private transport. They are on the frontline. They are the ones that can either save or destroy us by allowing infiltration from neighbouring countries.”
Meanwhile, on the issue of boda bodas, the President explained that these should remain operational but carrying only cargo and luggage from one household to another because they cannot observe social distancing.
“We recommended that given the experience we have the bicycle is the best option…for your health and social distancing. We said boda boda and tuk-tuks should not carry passengers but can keep carrying cargo,” he said.
On education, President Museveni clarified that officials in the Ministry of Education will on June 4 highlight on how the students particularly, the finalists at every level of education will resume their studies.
“When it comes to the students who will have to come back and join the other finalists if they can walk to the schools we don’t have a problem. For the rest, Ministry of Education will have to work out a plan,” Museveni said adding that the shops and hotels will also start operating from May 26 but observing proper measures in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.