Inter-district movements resume, curfew hours reduced

On 16 March 2021 at 05:20

The cabinet meeting held yesterday reviewed COVID-19 containment measures and permitted movements between Kigali and other Provinces except movements to and from Bugesera, Gisagara and Nyanza districts.

The cabinet held yesterday was chaired by President Paul Kagame.

Among others, the cabinet set curfew hours to 9pm to resume movements at 4am while all businesses allowed to operate will close 8pm.

Unlike previous virtual meetings, yesterday’s meeting was held face to face at Village Urugwiro.

New measures are to take effect from 16th March 2021. It is the first cabinet held since Rwanda started COVID-19 inoculation program countrywide on 5th March 2021.

Since then, 257 449 people have been vaccinated as the country targets to vaccinate 60% of Rwandans by June 2022.

New measures countrywide

a) Movements are prohibited between 9pm -4am. All businesses must close by 8pm.

b) Movement between Kigali and other provinces and between districts of the country shall resume, except for Bugesera, Nyanza and Gisagara districts. Specific guidelines on the three districts will be provided by the Ministry of Local Government.

c) Public transport, (buses), should not exceed 75% capacity. Bus operators will ensure passengers maintain social distancing and only passengers with masks will be allowed onboard.

d) Physical meetings may resume not exceeding 30% of venue capacity. COVID-19 testing is required for meetings of more than 20 people.

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

f) Private businesses will continue with essential staff at no more than 30% 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. All businesses must close by 8pm.

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

h) Restaurants and cafés will remain open with a 30% occupancy limit and shall receive clients until 8pm.

i) All bars will remain closed

j) Places of worship will resume with no more than 30% maximum occupancy.

k) 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 health guidelines.

l) Tourism activity will continue is strict adherence to COVID-19 health guidelines. This includes hotels, tour operators, and transport services facilitating guests. Tourists and service providers shall inform RDB of itineraries.

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

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

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

p) 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.

q) Gaming activities remain prohibited

The cabinet meeting reminded citizens to comply with health measures including physical distancing, wearing face masks and hand hygiene that penalties will be applied for non-compliance.