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Covid-19: Uganda eases lockdown measures

Uganda has started easing some more Covid-19 lockdown restrictions that have been in place since March, local media reported on Tuesday.

Salons and several business arcades can now reopen, while boda boda riders – bicycle and motorcycle taxis commonly used in East Africa will be allowed back on the roads from July 27.

The decisions were announced by President Yoweri Museveni during a televised address to the nation Tuesday night as Uganda’s COVID-19 case count reached 1,072, including 958 recoveries. The country has not reported any virus-related fatality so far.

He also revised the daily curfew to 09:00 p.m. (2100GMT) and 5:30 a.m. (17:3000GMT) from 07:00 p.m (1900GMT) and 06:30 a.m.

President Yoweri Museveni said all boda boda riders and their passengers must wear masks, and taxis will not be allowed to operate after 06:00 p.m. (1500GMT).

“We’re going to open the salons provided they provide face shields for their staff, check temperature of clients, observe social distancing, turn off air conditioning, and ensure proper hygiene measures,” he said.

Mr. Museveni said business arcades must have temperature checks and traders must wear masks, ensure social distancing, and follow other safety guidelines.

On the reopening of schools, Mr Museveni revealed he did not want to declare a dead year yet for education adding a decision will be made in September.

“With schools, a decision will be made before September because that’s when third term is supposed to start,”.

“I do not want to declare a dead-year yet because a lot of scientists are working on the vaccine and it may come sooner than later. Let us give it a month and focus on distance learning for now”, he added.

Meanwhile, President Yoweri Museveni indicated the country’s main international airport, Entebbe International Airport, will remain closed until the coronavirus situation in other countries improves.

Earlier in May, Uganda relaxed restrictions on several non-essential businesses, including hardware shops, garages, metal works, woodworks, insurance providers, and a few lawyers.

Emmanuel NKANGURA| www.zamireports.com

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