Museveni has made it clear that the government will only consider lifting a lockdown on bars after it has purchased the COVID-19 vaccine.
With nearly a full year of closure, President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni has made it clear that government will only consider lifting a lockdown on bars after it has purchased the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The other sectors which are still closed like the bars, will be considered for reopening when we get the vaccine,” Museveni made the remarks on Thursday during a televised address to the nation.
He said that government has already ordered for 18 million doses for the COVID-19 which are expected to arrive in the coming months.
Museveni told bar owners that amidst all the losses they have incurred from not working, they are still in government’s plan to have them resume full operations.
“Our technical committee of health is still studying them but will give recommendations and we will inform you,” Museveni said.
The President, also, disclosed that several plans have been raised in the past months of how bars can resume work even in the presence of the pandemic.
But stressed that government saw it inevitable for drunkards in bars to obey and stick to the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
“For bar people, there is an idea that drunkards may not go inside the bar but be outside and observe social distancing. I don’t know whether drunkards are reliable partners in some of these arrangements,” the President added.
“Even if you say we keep social, what if they don’t. You may say bars open but serve from outside but these are people not sober.”
As a result, he reminded bar operators to remain calm and patient as the government finalises its plans to ensure their reopening.
“We are aware of those sectors but I want you to know inconvenience is not as bad as dying. Dying is final but the inconvenience is not,” Museveni reminded.
Meanwhile, this comes at a time when the coronavirus continues to fast spread in the country. The Ministry of Health Friday announced 54 new cases from COVID-19 tests done on 04 February 2021.
This pushes the total number of cases in Uganda to 39,789. Of these, 14,349 people have since been discharged from various referral hospitals countrywide after they recovered from the virus while 327 have succumbed to it.