President Museveni suspends use of public transport in Uganda for 14 days with immediate effect.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni suspends all public transport in Uganda in fear of the spread of Coronavirus.
It is after five new cases were confirmed by the Ministry of Health, bringing the total of 14 coronavirus cases in Uganda.
“All public means of transport have been suspended for 14 days. This includes taxis, buses, coasters, passenger trains, tricycles and boda bodas. Only private means will be allowed. Private cars will only be allowed to carry not more than three people,” Mr Museveni said.
According to Museveni, trucks/lorries carrying food are other private vehicles that may travel. He said boda bodas can be used to bring food.
“We are trying to target human beings. Passengers will only move in private cars. Ambulances, vehicles of security forces; army and police, some of the government vehicles doing essential work, garbage trucks will be allowed to move,” Mr Museveni said.
Relatedly, the President Museveni has also suspended non-food shops and markets.
“For now, the markets should only be for selling foodstuffs like matooke, nuts, rice, fish, etc. Therefore, trading in the market other non-food items like clothes, mobile phones, necklaces and shoes among others, has been suspended to create space,” Mr Museveni said.
He said that the offices are the other places of human focus after coping with public transport and the markets to some degree.
“Each ministry should work out plans of remaining with only essential staff on duty. For example, at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) where we need some people to clear goods that come into the country. Therefore each department should work out the essential staff needed on duty.”
COVID-19 Guidelines for Ugandans
- Don’t get near anybody coughing or sneezing.
- Don’t get into the public if you are sneezing or coughing.
- Always wash your hands with water and soap.
- Avoid touching your soft parts of the body. This virus goes through the soft parts of the body including the mouth, nose and eyes.