City of Kigali warns against non-essential travels

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 5 May 2020 at 04:15

City of Kigali authorities have warned travelers making unnecessary trips citing that on the first day of loosening grip on the lockdown, some people just traveled aimlessly and others did not comply with the guidelines especially having to have returned to their homes by 2 pm.

On Monday, May 4, 2020, the influx of people resumed in Kigali City and elsewhere, as people returned to work after 43 days in their homes, following lockdown as one of the coronavirus prevention guidelines.

The Mayor of the City of Kigali, Pudence Rubingisa, said that in the markets they followed the rules of traders operating at 50% capacity.

He said traders in market places opened their workplaces for general cleaning while hotels and hotels largely remained closed for fear of making losses and rendering their consumables to waste.

The Cabinet meeting of April 30, 2020, ruled that travel was prohibited from 2:00 pm to 5:00 am unless the person was authorized for serious reasons.

Rubingisa said those who broke the rules for the first time were brought together for pacification, but repeat offenders will face punitive actions as they put their lives and of other to infection risks.

It was however observed that some people failed to make it back to their homes after the agreed time for reasons beyond their control, including waiting for the buses for a long time.

Rubingisa said that the problem of buses’ scarcity during and after work has been identified, but they are working with drivers in Kigali to find solutions that will include increasing the number of public passenger vehicles.

Rubingisa also said that yesterday buses started late in ferrying passengers, an anomaly that has been since rectified.

City of Kigali authorities have warned travelers making unnecessary trips citing that on the first day of loosening grip on the lockdown,
Rubingisa said that the problem of buses’ scarcity during and after work has been identified

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