COVID-19: Upcountry travel, taxi-moto resume

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 3 June 2020 at 11:00

In an extraordinary cabinet meeting, chaired by President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro on June 2nd, decisions were taken to further ease the lockdown and allowing taxi-moto to start working in passenger transportation and inter-provincial traveling to start.

However, the Western Province border districts of Rusizi and Rubavu are to remain under lockdown after several cases were recorded in their respective boundaries.

According to a statement released by the Prime Minister Dr. Edouard Ngirente, taxi-motos are permitted to carry passengers except in Rusizi and Rubavu districts.

“Public and private transport between provinces shall resume except movement to and from Rusizi and Rubavu districts. Transport of goods and cargo will continue with no more than two people on board,” the statement reads.

When the government announced a total lockdown in March, there are thousands of Rwandans that got stuck both upcountry and in the capital city. They have been waiting for this day of lifting this travel ban.

The government emphasizes that the population keeps observing safety and prevention guidelines at all times.

The curfew remains, prohibiting movements from 9 PM to 5 AM as it has been.
The public and private businesses will continue with essential staff while other employees continue working from home.

All resumed services must continue adhering to health guidelines from health authorities (hand hygiene, mask-wearing and social distancing). All traders are required to accept digital payments as an alternative form of payment. These measures will be reviewed after 15 days after an assessment.

All resumed services must continue adhering to health guidelines from health authorities
The curfew remains, prohibiting movements from 9 PM to 5 AM as it has been.
Taxi-moto to start working in passenger transportation
Public and private transport between provinces shall resume

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