President Museveni eases lockdown
Schools remain closed as President Museveni eases lockdown for the next 14 days. FILE PHOTO

Schools remain closed as President Museveni eases lockdown for the next 14 days 

President Museveni has announced an extension of Uganda’s lockdown for another 14 days but with relaxed measures.

While addressing the nation on Monday 4th, President Museveni announced an adjustment to the lockdown with only a few selected activities allowed to either continue operating or resume operations.

According to President Museveni, the extension of the nationwide lockdown is to allow experts more time to review the situation even better in controlling the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, Museveni said that lifting of the lockdown will be done gradually depending on the situation at hand around the country.

Under the new guidelines, Museveni explained that agriculture will continue to function, wholesalers, hardware shops, repair workshops, garages, metal, wood workshops and insurance providers will be allowed to open but they must observe the social distancing rules.

As well he said that warehouse owners and lawyers will all be allowed to return to business, however, the Uganda Law Society will be allowed a quota of 30 lawyers at any one point to provide legal services.

“Agriculture should continue functioning. Some of the factories have been open, they need wholesalers to buy their products. Wholesalers will be allowed to open but they must observe social distancing rules. Warehouses are also vital for storing of factory products, they will be allowed to operate,” Museveni said.

“Business and other activities have crooks – so we need lawyers. Therefore, the Uganda Law Society will be allowed a quota of 30 lawyers at any one point to provide legal services. Restaurants will only be allowed to do take-aways.”

President Museveni eases lockdown
Schools remain closed as President Museveni eases lockdown for the next 14 days. FILE PHOTO

Also, Museveni said that schools, churches as well as both public and private means of transport will not be allowed to operate unless those helping out in deliverance of essential services like food items and medicines.

“We do not think it is wise for public or private transport to start operating yet. So there will be designated modes of transport like buses, employees should get work buses to ferry people back and forth, cycling and walking,” President Museveni added.

Meanwhile, he advised Ugandans to continue maintaining all other guidelines and measures as provided by the health ministry in controlling the spread of the virus.

“For now, all other measures will remain in force for another 14 days but you should maintain social distancing, regularly sanitizing surfaces, eating fruits and vegetables, and for people who are sneezing and coughing ensure you self-isolate in your homes and contact medical authorities if the condition worsens.”