Curfew hours eased back to 9 pm, private cars allowed to Rusizi

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 11 September 2020 at 01:06

Two weeks after the cabinet made a decision to set the curfew to start from 7 pm to 5 am in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, a change has now been made and the new decision taken has changed the clock back to9 PM up to 5 AM; the cabinet also allowed resumption of private transport to/from Rusizi, provided respect of COVID-19 prevention measures.

Chaired by President Paul Kagame at Urugwiro Village on Thursday, the cabinet maintained several decisions that were taken on August 26, 2020; yet the easing of the curfew is sending relief among the public who had difficultly started adjusting to the 7 PM hour.

Among other decisions that pleased the public is the resumption of movements to and from Rusizi, the only district (from Western Rwanda) which remained in lockdown for nearly six months.

“Mouvements to/from Rusizi in private transport is allowed, but they should respect the health guidelines,” reads the statement.

However, the public transport between Kigali and the rest of the districts of the country will remain closed.

Concerning meetings and events, the cabinet said that “all the authorized gatherings including meetings and weddings will continue, with respect of health institutions’ measures including testing for COVID-19 where participants themselves will bear the cost. The number of participants should not exceed 30% of the capacity of the venue,”

The authorization is given by Local government institutions and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) after examining whether the applicants fulfill all the requirements.

Also testing for COVID-19 and bearing the cost, will be all those that seek to do a trip at Rwanda’s national parks.

“All people are reminded that they should respect the COVID-19 preventive measures including one-meter social distance, wearing the face mask and washing hands. Failure to respect this will attract sanctions,”