Govt to ease lockdown

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 1 May 2020 at 07:24

President Paul Kagame on Thursday 30th April chaired a much-awaited extraordinary cabinet meeting which resolved to partially ease the over 45-day lockdown allowing some businesses and economic activities to resume operations.

The new measures will take effect on Monday 4th and will be reviewed after 15 days after a health assessment.

According to a statement of the cabinet resolutions, public and private businesses will resume with essential staff while other employees continue working from home.
Markets will open for essential vendors not exceeding 50% of registered traders while the manufacturing and construction sectors were also be allowed to open for only essential workers.

Hotels and restaurants are now allowed to open until 7PM. During the last period of lockdown, they were allowed to open only for takeaway services.

Individual sports activities in open spaces are now permitted, however, sports facilities remain closed.

Private and public transport will resume within the same province, meaning that no transport from Kigali to upcountry or vice versa will be allowed until further notice.

In public transport, operators were required to ensure that passengers maintain social distancing and only passengers with face masks will be allowed onboard.

Funeral services will not exceed the number of 30 persons compared to 15 people previously.

The cabinet directed that schools remain closed until September 2020 and places of worship remain closed for an indefinite period.

In Sports also, Gym and recreational centers will remain closed and so will all bars.
Motorcycles and bicycles are not allowed in the transport of people; they are however allowed in the transport of goods.

Borders will remain closed, except for cargo and returning Rwandans and legal residents who will still have to first stay in a-14 day quarantine.

According to the Cabinet resolutions, people will have to keep precautions and avoid being exposed to infection.

One of the measures that were taken is that mass screening and testing for COVID-19 will continue nationwide and face masks have to be worn at all times in the public.
All resumed works were also required to adhere to all measures of the ministry of health that are related to hygiene, face masks wearing, and keeping social distance.
The cabinet continued to encourage electronic payments.

There will be a curfew and no movements are allowed from 8 PM through 5 AM.
While President Paul Kagame thanked the effort of each and every Rwandan in fighting COVID-19 and avoiding its further spread, he reminded that “the fight is not over.”


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