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Curfew hours maintained, private businesses to operate at 50% capacity

By IGIHE
On 15 April 2021 at 07:42

The cabinet meeting held yesterday reviewed COVID-preventive measures and retained curfew hours from 9pm to 4am while movements are prohibited between 7pm and 4am in some districts of Southern Province including Nyanza, Huye, Gisagara, Nyaruguru and Nyamagabe.

The cabinet meeting held at Village Urugwiro was chaired by President Paul Kagame.

Among other resolutions of the cabinet meeting, all businesses shall close by 8pm.

Movements between Kigali and other Provinces are allowed. Private businesses will continue with essential staff at no more 50% capacity while other employees continue working from home on a rotational basis. Markets and malls will continue for essential vendors and must not exceed 50% of registered traders.

The cabinet meeting didn’t lift lockdown imposed in some sectors in Southern Province due to increasing COVID-19 cases.

These measures will take effect nationwide starting April 15th and reviewed after 2 weeks upon a health assessment.

New measures countrywide

a. Movements are prohibited between 9 PM – 4 AM. All businesses must close by 8 PM.

b. Movements between Kigali and other provinces and between districts of the country will continue.

c. Movements are prohibited between 7 PM – 4 AM in the Southern province districts of Ruhango, Nyanza, Huye, Gisagara, Nyaruguru,Nyamagabe.

d. Public transport (buses) should not exceed 50% capacity. Bus operators will ensure passengers maintain social distancing and only passengers with masks will be allowed on board.

e. Physical meetings will continue not exceeding 30% of venue capacity. COVID – 19 testing is required for meetings of more than 20 people.

f. Public offices will continue with essential staff at no more than 30% capacity while other employees continue working from home on a rotational basis.

g. Private businesses will continue with essential staff at no more 50% capacity while other employees continue working from home on a rotational basis. Markets and malls will continue for essential vendors and must not exceed 50% of registered traders.

h. Motos and bicycles are permitted to carry passengers and must observe strict hygiene.

i. Restaurants and cafés shall operate at 50% occupancy limit and shall receive clients until 8 PM.

j. All bars will remain closed.

k. Places of worship abiding with health guidelines will continue to function at 30% maximum occupancy.

l. Arriving and departing passengers at Kigali International airport must present a negative COVID - 19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure and should comply with other health guidelines.

m. Tourism activity will continue in strict adherence with COVID – 19 health guidelines. This includes hotels, tour operators and transport services facilitating guests. Tourists and service providers shall inform RDB of itineraries.

n. Individual and non-contact outdoor sports activities are permitted. The Ministry of Sports will provide detailed guidelines.

o. Gyms and recreational centers will remain closed. All swimming pools and spas are closed except for those at hotels hosting tested guests.

p. Attendance at a wake/vigil (Ikiriyo) should not exceed 10 persons at any one time. Funeral gatherings should not exceed 20 persons.

q. Civil and religious weddings will continue, but should not exceed 20 persons and must comply with all COVID – 19 preventive measures. Receptions are not permitted.

r. Gaming activities remain prohibited. 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.


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