President of the republic of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Sunday highlighted some of the key issue on the covid-19 situation in Uganda.
Among these issues were the issue of schools where he stated that schools will re-open on October 15th for the candidate classes of P-7, S-4, S-6, finalists in tertiary colleges and finalists in universities.
He also touched the issue of International Airport and land borders where he said these places will now be opened for tourists, coming in and going out, provided they tested negative 72 hours before arrival in Uganda and provided the tour operators ensure that the tourists do not mix with the Ugandans. Returning Ugandans, who have negative PCR results, will be allowed to go home. The Ministry of Health will only get their addresses for follow up.
Museveni also lifted the restrictions on movements in border districts and for other districts he said curfew will still be maintained from 9pm to 6am but for the boda bodas, their movements he said must always end at 6pm.
For the Places of worship, he said should open with the following guidelines:
Individual prayers or confessions with priests or counseling must be done with the necessary SOPs.
Prayers and fellowships are to reopen with the numbers not exceeding 70 people and everyone must observe all the other SOPs how ever night prayers and overnights are not allowed.
Museveni said regular large gatherings of prayers and preachings of Sundays and Fridays will be considered at a later stage, depending on how the disease will be evolving; but the rule of the number of 70 and not more can be used on the Fridays and Sundays and also there should be no Sunday School for children.
He also added that open air activities of sports will re-open provided there are no spectators and the players are tested for Covid-19, 72 hours before. This test will expire in 14 days. Hence, the Sportsmen will have to repeat the test.
According to the above, he added that sportsmen and women should remember that masks should not be worn, when they are engaged in strenuous exercises and with tournaments, teams shall be quarantined for the whole season of the competition.
Indoor sports activities, including gyms and casinos, gaming centres and cinemas shall also remain closed.
Bars shall also remain closed however hotels will continue operate following the SOPs agreed with the Ministry of Health however restaurants shall continue to emphasize on takeaways. Indoor restaurant services are called to be minimized and follow the SOPs.
Mobile Markets, monthly cattle auction and produce markets shall remain closed since Mass gatherings are still prohibited and Ministry of Health are still developing SOPs, he added.
“Our Bamasaaba grandchildren that are engaged in Imbalu in these months, have SOPs from the Ministry of Health that were agreed with the Cultural Institution. There should be no processions dancing Kadodi – that is dangerous congregating. The Security forces, especially the Police, should monitor those activities. Cases of Covid-19 have gone up in Mbale recently. They are now 107 and 5 deaths have occurred in that area”, Museveni added.