museveni reopening of schools september
Museveni said in September they will decide what to do about the reopening of schools. PHOTO/PPU

Museveni has said that in September they will decide what to do about the reopening of schools.

As schools await reopening, the Gyms, saunas, bars and night clubs will also have to remain closed and non -operational for more weeks following Tuesday’s President Museveni address to the nation.

The President on Tuesday ordered for the reopening of saloons, arcades and boda boda operations. He said the rest of the activities will have to wait as scientists continue to analyse their situation.

Museveni said that places of worship, clubs, gyms and saunas and other susceptible activities will remain closed as they still await a confirmation review from professionals and scientists.

On the issue of schools, Museveni said that they will decide on what to do in September concerning the reopening of schools.

The President who hinted on the option of declaring a dead year said that there is still hope a vaccine can be got in the coming months to enable the children to return to school.

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For the meantime, he supported the idea adopted by the Ministry of Education to have the children exposed to learning materials while at home.

“We shall have to make a tough decision before September concerning the reopening of schools because the third term is supposed to start in September.’’

‘’For now, we should concentrate on long-distance learning. We are reluctant to declare a dead year because we can get a cure along the way. We shall announce as we watch what’s happening, in August,” Museveni said.

museveni reopening of schools september
Museveni said in September they will decide what to do about the reopening of schools. PHOTO/PPU

Meanwhile, he warned a section of people who are planning to strike over the government’s measures to control the spread of the virus that they are ready to deal with them accordingly.

“After four months of enemy [COVID-19] attack, only 1,072 people have been infected and 958 have been healed, with nobody dying. It seems some people are not happy with this and are asking why Ugandans are not dying,” Museveni said.

“If you riot we shall be here waiting for you, you can go with your foreigners we shall wait for you…We shall crush you.”  

Meanwhile, among other revised measures, the President pushed the dusk to dawn curfew from 7:00 pm – 6:30 am to 9:00 pm to 5:30 am. 

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The President also said that all border and the Entebbe International Airport will remain closed until the COVID-19 situation in other countries stabilizes.

He said the decision has already and will continue to hit the tourism sector but the health of Ugandans is more important than the money from tourists.

“Borders will also remain closed. I know we are losing a lot of money in tourism, but health is better than wealth.”