Museveni taxis to resume operations
Taxis to Resume Operations on 2nd June Carrying Only Seven Passengers. FILE PHOTO

Museveni has allowed taxis to resume their operations from 2nd June provided they carry only seven passengers.

President Museveni has allowed taxis to resume their operations from 2nd June provided they carry only seven passengers and not the required 14, in a bid to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

While addressing the nation about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on Monday 19, Museveni said that all forms of public transport will be allowed to move on the roads carrying only a half of their normal capacity.

He said that the minibuses, taxis and buses, however, will not be allowed to operate in and around the border districts of the country for a period of about 21 days.

“Minibuses, buses and taxis will be allowed to resume provided they carry half of their normal capacity. But the re-opening of public transport will not be allowed in the border districts of Uganda for another 21 days. The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, will announce the list of the named border districts,” Museveni said adding that this will take effect once everyone in the country has received a mask.

Museveni however, warned that when these public means of transport resume operations particularly the taxis, he does not want to hear of brokers and conductors yelling on top of their voices in the name of calling on passengers.

He said this is not good as it might lead to the spread of the virus to others incase this person is infected with the coronavirus.

“The masks will take two weeks to be ready. Two weeks will be like June 2. However, this opening of public transport will not be allowed in the border districts of Uganda for another 21 days,” the President said.

“And when the taxis resume, I don’t want to hear of brokers and these noisemakers in the park. Since it is impossible to space out.”

Museveni taxis to resume operations
Taxis to Resume Operations on 2nd June Carrying Only Seven Passengers. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, in other directives, the President ordered the reopening of all shops selling general merchandise provided they are not based inside shopping malls, arcades or markets. 

For the markets, Museveni said selling of food items and non-food items should not be mixed and while they remain open, the social distancing rules should still be observed.

In addition, he allowed the heroic market women who have been sleeping in these markets centres to travel back to their homes and to the markets at will.

For now, boda bodas and tuk-tuks will remain operational, transporting only cargo and not passengers for another 21 days in addition to the bars, saloons, night clubs, gyms, health clubs and swimming pools which shall remain non operational.

Further, the international borders of Uganda will also remain closed and for the issue of education, only students in candidate classes will be allowed back to school.

Meanwhile, the people with private cars will be allowed to move but carrying strictly three people, including the driver.

Relatively, all other restrictions such as the dusk to dawn curfew will remain in enforcement as the government continues to study the current situation even better.