Cabinet: Public transportation to operate on full seat capacity

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 13 October 2020 at 10:39

A Cabinet meeting held on Monday, October 12 decided that public transport vehicles are allowed to carry passengers to their full capacities for seated and at least 50 percent for the standing passengers.

“Public transport will continue with buses operating at full capacity for seated passengers and at 50 percent for standing passengers. RURA will provide guidelines,” a statement issued after the meeting reads in part.

The changes come two weeks after public transport between Kigali and other provinces resumed following suspension owing to a spike in the Covid-19 numbers within Kigali.

The Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame maintained in place majority of the guidelines against the covid-19, with a few adjustments made despite high expectations that more sections of the economy would be allowed to reopen.

Bar owners, spas, swimming pools, indoor gyms, and betting houses will have to wait a little longer before they could reopen as the cabinet maintained earlier measures set out 15 days ago.

“The Cabinet reviewed measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. All existing measures and guidelines shall remain in force with the exception of the following changes that will take effect immediately,”

“Movements are prohibited from 10 p.m. To 4 a.m.”

Initially, curfew time, as set by the previous meeting, was from 10 pm to 5 am. The new time means you can wake up at 4 am and start your day earlier.

The Cabinet also confirmed that participants in meetings and conferences will not require proof of COVID-19 tests. However, event organizers must comply with health guidelines and must not exceed 50% of the venue capacity.

These measures will be reviewed after 15 days upon a health assessment of the COVID-19 situation.

“Citizens are reminded of the critical importance of complying with health measures including physical distancing, wearing face masks, and hand hygiene. Penalties will be applied for non-compliance,” the statement said.

Bars, nightclubs, concerts, public gatherings as well as places where many people converge are still considered possible hotspots for quick transmission of the virus.

Among other decisions, the cabinet approved the Draft Law Governing Land in Rwanda and the draft law approving ratification of the construction of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), adopted in Dakar, Senegal, December 16, 2009.

The cabinet also approved the draft law approving the accession of Rwanda to the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear accident or radiological emergency adopted in Vienna on September 26, 1986.

The Cabinet also approved the draft law approving the ratification of 11 bilateral air service agreements (BASAs) signed between the Government of Rwanda and 11 countries including the Republic of Chile, Dominican Republic, Republic of Finland, Jamaica, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, State of Kuwait, Malaysia, Republic of Mauritius, United Republic of Tanzania, United Arab Emirates and Republic of Zimbabwe.

The cabinet approved Rwanda’s report on the 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as well as a policy on the issuance of licenses to successful applicants to undertake mining and quarrying operations In Rwanda.

Also, in the offing is the National Pharmaceutical Product Pricing and Containment policy as well as the dual clinical practice policy for health professionals and ministerial instructions.

The cabinet approved the Prime Minister’s order determining the institution in charge of assessment and collection of taxes and fees on behalf of the decentralized entities.