Judith Nabakooba the information minister revealed that the government has no plans of imposing a lockdown during this festive season.
The government will not be issuing any lockdown during this festive season. This was revealed during a Sunday press briefing by the State Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba.
For days, there have been reports making rounds on various social media platforms of government’s intention to enforce a lockdown during the Christmas holiday to limit people’s movements as a way of mitigating the further spread of the COVID-19.
In the past, a vast majority of Ugandans have idolised travelling to villages for their Christmas celebrations.
However, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the country, the government last week urged the general public to suspend their travels for fear that they might transport the virus to those in the villages.
This also raised worries to many locals that the government would impose a lockdown to help limit these movements.
However, Judith Nabakooba the information minister revealed Sunday that government has no plans of imposing a lockdown during this festive season.
She, however, urged Ugandans not to get too excited with the celebrations and forget the existence of the virus. Nabakooba advised all individuals countrywide to remain adherent to the Standard Operating Procedures in place aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19.
“I know people will be rushing to the salons for haircuts, all those using public taxis and buses, take extra caution,” the Information Minister said warning places such as bars and discotheques not to reopen for business.
“Discotheques and music concerts are still under lockdown and not allowed to operate. For those travelling, ensure that you follow all the guidance on masks and social distancing.”
Meanwhile, the Minister also revealed that the government has strengthened its plans to ensure Uganda acquires the vaccine for COVID -19.
Nabakooba said that the first batch of the vaccine will arrive between May and June 2021 however, priority will be given to the front line health workers, the elderly and people with existing health problems.
“Uganda expects to obtain the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine by May or June 2021. Priority will be given to front line health workers, the elderly and people with existing health conditions.”
The Minister, also, urged Ugandans not to relax the guidelines in place because the vaccines are still too expensive for the government to make a countrywide purchase.