COVID-19: Cabinet release new measures

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 17 June 2020 at 06:21

In an extraordinary cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, June 16, chaired by President Paul Kagame, the government allowed several more services to cautionary resume as the fight against the COVID-19 continues.

In a statement from the Prime Minister’s office, the new measures were announced right after the meeting. The statement reads that domestic tourism, international tourism for visitors traveling with charter flights (individual or in group) will resume. Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to provide guidelines.

It further goes to say that non-contact outdoor sports will also continue, the cabinet precised that the Ministry of Sports will share more guidelines on this.

Motos will continue to carry passengers following directives and inter-provincial public transport will continue as well; however, the isolation of Rusizi and Rubavu districts in the Western Province was not lifted.

Among new eased announced is the fact that, Hotels will not only continue operations, they are encouraged to participate in domestic tourism promotion and offer conference services as long as all services offered at hotels be offered in adherence with health guidelines.

However, bars were kept closed.

In addition to this, the cabinet, though announced that the places of worship will remain closed; they are encouraged, in the meantime to invest in Covid-19 precautionary and preventive measures is encouraged to allow readiness for reopening within 15 days upon an epidemiological assessment.

The cabinet meeting also resolved that religious weddings will resume, but with attendance capped at 30 persons.

According to the statement signed by Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente, the Ministry of Local Government will issue detailed guidelines in this regard.

Burial ceremonies will also continue to be observed, with the limited attendance of 30 mourners.